History of Filipinos in San Francisco Celebrated

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New from Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America Series is Filipinos in San Francisco. The 128-page book was written by the Pin@y Educational Partnerships and Manilatown Heritage Foundation. This photographic journal is a history in images of and by Filipinos in San Francisco.

Tens of thousands of Filipinos who have lived, worked and raised families for over five generations in this unique city stake their rightful claim to more than a century of shared history in San Francisco. The photographs herein attest to the early arrivals of merchant mariners, businesspeople, scholars and musicians, as well as agricultural and domestic workers. But their story has often been ignored, told incompletely by others and edited too selectively by many.

The Filipino American experience both epitomizes and defies the traditional immigrant storyline and these pictures honestly and respectfully document the fruits of their labors, the products of their perseverance and at times their resistance to social exclusion and economic suppression.

The book will be launching on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 2-4 p.m. at the San Francisco Public Library main branch located at 100 Larkin St. The event will take place in the Latino Community Room and books will be available for purchase.

The launch will include a panel of speakers on the history of Filipinos in San Francisco, entertainment, refreshments and signings by the book editors including Evelyn Luluquisen, Oscar Peñaranda, Estela Habal, Dan Gonzales, Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Mitchell Yangson, and more. All proceeds from books sold at the launch will directly benefit the Manilatown Heritage Foundation, FANHS and PEP.

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