17th Biennial FANHS Conference – Chicago: Finding stories in our Fil-Am Roots

The 17th Biennial Filipino-American National Historical Society (FANHS) Conference was held in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois July 11-14, 2018. Grace Tulasan, lecturer at Tufts University whose memoir The Body Papers won the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing will be published in February 2019, and I co-presented a session entitled, “Finding stories in our […]

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Porterville College C.H.A.P. presentation

I received the link to a presentation I had given at Porterville College on October 7, 2016, for PC’s Cultural, Historical Awareness Program (C.H.A.P.). The theme of my presentation was called, “Coming Home: Finding My Filipino-American Roots.” You can view it on the CCC YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/xNQ16dnwb_o or click here.

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48-hour whirlwind East Coast weekend: the Boston Book Festival and the Boston Filipino-American Book Club

In mid-September, Grace Talusan, Fulbright Scholar, English professor at Tufts University in Boston, and winner of the 2017 New Immigrant Writing for Nonfiction by Restless Books, contacted me to let me know that the Boston Filipino-American Club (BFAB) was going to be reading my novel, A Village in the Fields, for the month of October. […]

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3rd annual Larry Itliong Day and Filipino-American History Month

October 25th marked the 104th birthday of the late Larry Itliong. In October 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill that would give the Filipino-American labor leader statewide recognition with the annual day honoring his contributions to the state’s farmworkers’ labor movement. California State Assemblyperson Rob Bonta, the first and thus far only Filipino-American […]

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Riding in the El Cerrito Centennial parade

My town of El Cerrito, Calif., where I’ve lived since 1996, is celebrating its centennial this year. One of the major events for the celebration was the Showcase Parade, which featured 59 groups or distinguished individuals. I was invited to participate as a local award-winning writer. But the biggest honor was sharing the red convertible […]

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El Cerrito Centennial Parade

This coming Saturday, September 16th, I’ll be in the El Cerrito Centennial parade, riding in a convertible – red, no less – with former El Cerrito resident and author Gail Tsukiyama (Women of the Silk, The Samurai’s Garden, Night of Many Dreams, The Language of Threads, Dreaming Water, and The Street of a Thousand Blossoms). I’m […]

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Short story in Hair Trigger 2.0

An old story of mine, “We are thinking of you,” was recently published by Hair Trigger 2.0, the online magazine within Columbia College Chicago’s Creative Writing Department. Hair Trigger 2.0 is “dedicated to publishing works that are reflective of the diversity of contemporary fiction.” This issue was published in May 2017. You can read the story […]

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Celebrating Cesar Chavez Day, University of CA, Office of the President

On Wednesday, March 29th, I was the guest speaker at a lunchtime event sponsored by the Latino Staff Association/Asian Pacific Islander Association affinity groups at the University of California, Office of the President (UCOP). The event, entitled, “When Mexicans and Filipinos Join Together: The Farmworker Movement and Unity in the Making,” was in celebration of Cesar […]

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