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Uncle Rico's  Encore: Book Talk with Peter Bacho and Juanita Tamayo Lott

Uncle Rico's Encore: Book Talk with Peter Bacho and Juanita Tamayo Lott

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A love note to the city of Seattle and its vibrant Pinoy community.

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Join us for a special online event on Friday June 10th at noon. Peter Bacho, author of Uncle Rico's Encore: Mostly True Stories of Filipino Seattle will be in conversation with friend and distinguished scholar activist Juanita Tamayo Lott. Together they will recount the stories of growing up as youth with the manong generation's influence.

The talk on zoom will be live streamed onto Youtube here: https://youtu.be/7lvEt1Tc66E.

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From the 1950s through the 1970s, blue-collar Filipino Americans, or Pinoys, lived a hardscrabble existence. Immigrant parents endured blatant racism, sporadic violence, and poverty while their US-born children faced more subtle forms of racism, such as the low expectations of teachers and counselors in the public school system.

In this collection of autobiographical essays, acclaimed novelist and short-story writer Peter Bacho centers the experiences of the Pinoy generation that grew up in Seattle's multiethnic neighborhoods, from the Central Area to Beacon Hill to Rainier Valley. He recounts intimate moments of everyday life: fishing with marshmallows at Madison Beach, playing bruising games of basketball at Madrona Park, and celebrating with his uncles in Chinatown as hundreds of workers returned from Alaska canneries in the fall. He also relates vivid stories of defiance and activism, including resistance to the union-busting efforts of the federal government in the 1950s and organizing for decent housing and services for elders in the 1970s.

Sharing a life inextricably connected to his community and the generation that came before him, this memoir is a tribute to Filipino Seattle.

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About the Speakers

Peter Bacho is the author of seven books: Cebu, Dark Blue Suit, Boxing in Black and White, Nelson's Run, Entrys, Leaving Yesler , and Uncle Rico’s Encore. His books have received several awards, including the 1992 American Book Award. He is an adjunct professor at The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus. Bacho was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Seattle’s Central District.

As a child Bacho lived with his immigrant parents in migrant worker camps, traveling from harvest to harvest. Much of his youth was spent in Seattle’s blue collar and multiethnic Central District, a place of hard lives and tough times. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school, then college and finally law school. These experiences continue to inform his writing.

Juanita Tamayo Lott, a retired federal demographer/statistician, co-founded the School of Ethnic Studies, including Pilipino American Studies, at San Francisco State in 1969. Her books include Golden Children: Legacy of Ethnic Studies, SF State. A Memoir (published by Eastwind Books of Berkeley) Common Destiny: Filipino American Generations, Filipinos in Washington, D.C. with Rita Cacas and Asian Americans: From Racial Category to Multiple Identities.

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