Author Dawn Mabalon will discuss her new book Little Manila is in the Heart. In the early twentieth century—not long after 1898, when the United States claimed the Philippines as an American colony—Filipinas/os became a vital part of the agricultural economy of California's fertile San Joaquin Delta. In downtown Stockton, they created Little Manila, a vibrant community of hotels, pool halls, dance halls, restaurants, grocery stores, churches, union halls, and barbershops. Little Manila was home to the largest community of Filipinas/os outside of the Philippines until the neighborhood was decimated by urban redevelopment in the 1960s.
Narrating a history spanning much of the twentieth century, Dawn Bohulano Mabalon traces the growth of Stockton's Filipina/o American community, the birth and eventual destruction of Little Manila, and recent efforts to remember and preserve it.
Public historian, Donna Graves, will introduce the program and discuss efforts to preserve places associated with Asian Pacific Islander historic and cultural heritage. Graves is the director of Preserving California's Japantowns and is an advisor to the National Park Service's current study on Asian American historic places.
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