FANHS National Museum opens

On October 8, 2016, the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) opened the doors of its National Museum in Stockton, Calif. (337 E. Weber Avenue, 209.932.9037). The Stockton chapter of FANHS was instrumental in realizing this dream, which has taken some 20 years to come to fruition. More than 400 people came on opening day. […]

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A Pinoy State of Mind: Building with Our Roots

Our Theme “A Pinoy State of Mind: Building with Our Roots” was chosen because we wanted to recognize that as Filipino Americans become more visible and successful across all sectors (e.g., academia, arts and entertainment, law and government, etc.) that we always remember where we came from, as well as the struggles of those who […]

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Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley

The Bay Area Book Festival, which debuted last summer, was held at various venues in downtown Berkeley, Calif., this past weekend. Eastwind Books of Berkeley had a booth in the appropriately renamed street, Radical Row, where I made an author appearance Saturday morning. Aside from my meet-and-greet duties, my daughter, Isabella, and I wandered around […]

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12th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) hosted its 12th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration at the United Nations Plaza in San Francisco on Saturday, May 21st. OACC’s mission is build “vibrant communities through Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) arts and culture programs that foster intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogue, cultural identity, collaborations, and social justice.” My […]

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2016 Saroyan Prize shortlist released

Today Stanford University Libraries announced its shortlist for the seventh William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. You can read the press release here. For the fiction category, 15 books were named, which includes critically acclaimed books and authors. I am honored to say that my novel, A Village in the Fields, was nominated. I should […]

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SFSU students’ thank you

The students in Kei Fischer’s Asians in U.S. class under the Asian American Studies program at San Francisco State University sent a card thanking me for taking the time out to talk to them about the Filipino-American contributions to our country’s farm labor history. Many didn’t know that the Filipino-American manongs, who came in the […]

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