FANHS San Diego hosts successful event at Miramar College, 18 April 2009
Guest speakers with members of Filameda at Miramar College in San Diego. Many thanks to Dr. Judy Patacsil, FANHS Trustee, who organized the event.
Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) San Diego Chaper & Miramar College Diversity & International Education Committee co-sponsored the event, "Filipino Americans:
History & Scholarly Perspectives," at Miramar College on April 18, 2009. The audience of more than 70 included students and faculty from local colleges and universities as well as members of Filameda -- Filipino American Educators of San Diego.
Professor Judy Patacsil, Coordinator of International Education at Miramar College, introduced guest speakers and FANHS Trustees Dr. Joan May T. Cordova (Drexel University, Philadelphia) and Dr. Patricia Espiritu Halagao (University of Hawai'i) who co-presented a paper they'd collaboratively written with Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales (San Francisco State University), "A Critical Review of K-12 Filipina/o American Curriculum." All three professors had recently presented this paper at the American Educational Research Association's national conference in San Diego http://www.aera.net/
Patricia then introduced the audience to the http://www.ijeepney.com/ Smithsonian on-line curriculum developed by a team she directed. To close the event, Joanie presented a short version of the hour-long interactive presentation, "Filipinos in the Fields: Conflicts, Coalitions, and Connections," she developed for an April 13th event at UC San Diego's Cross Cultural Center. http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/newsrel/events/04-09ChavezPresentation.asp While reviewing examples of Filipino organizing (Hawai'i, Yakima Valley (WA), Stockton, and Delano), Joanie also noted that we now celebrate the 60th anniversary of the successful Filipino Agricultural Laborers Association's (FALA) asparagus strike of 1939. Besides citing both scholarly research as well as primary sources from the FANHS national archives and Filipino Oral History Project, Inc, Joanie also thanked Dr. Dawn Mabalon for sharing groundbreaking research from her forthcoming book, and Debra P. Louie and Dillon Delvo who sent audio files of Larry Itliong's lecture to the Filipino American Experiences class taught by Debra Panganiban and Evelyn Casuga in 1976.
Many thanks, too, to FANHS National Secretary Ron Buenaventura for his hospitality in San Diego, even if he missed this event because of family commitments.