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Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay (Images of America) Paperback – August 3, 2009
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Title: Community comes out for Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay
Author: Staff Writer
Publisher: Asian Journal
Last Saturday, August 8, the new Arcadia pictorial history book Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay, authored by Carson couple Florante and Roselyn Ibanez, was introduced for the first time to a capacity audience of over 200 at the City of Carson Town Hall meeting entitled "Presentation on the History of Carson and the South Bay".
The lively and entertaining event, presented by the Filipino American Library (FAL), was held at the Carson Community Center . It was hosted by Carson Mayor Jim Dear and Councilwoman Julie Ruiz Raber. Also in attendance was Councilman Elito Santarina, past Councilwoman Lorelie Olaes, as well as various city commissioners. Assemblyman Warren Furutani of the 55th District talked about his Assembly Joint Resolution 65, "Preservation of Filipinos/Filipino American Communities", which recognizes the history, cultural heritage, and role of Filipinos in the development of California .
Eloisa Borah, a UCLA librarian and Filipino American community historian, introduced the book's subject matter and noted that a major reason early Filipinos settled in the South Bay area was that in order to get to Los Angeles they mainly arrived by ship at the ports of San Pedro and Long Beach. Talented performance artist Alison De La Cruz performed a spoken word piece on being a Pinay from Carson . Following a local history presentation using photos from their book, the authors joined a group of "activists from the 1970s" to lead the audience in singing "Profits Enslave the World" from a poem written by former United Farm Workers Vice-President Philip Vera Cruz. Before the book signing, everyone was invited to attend the next major book launch of Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay on Saturday, September 12 at 1:00-3:00pm at the Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture in Point Fermin Park, San Pedro. To close the event, Florante and Roselyn urged the audience to continue their own family history discussions and to produce more community resources that preserve our collective memory for future generations.
Title: Book Highlights History of Pinoys in Carson
Author: Karla Maquiling
Publisher: Pinoy Centric
Fil-Am authors Florante Peter Ibanez and Roselyn Estepa Ibanez sought out family albums, organizations records, personal stories, and more than 200 vintage images to write Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay.
Printed by Arcadia Publishing, the book ($21.99) traces the history of the Filipino community in this California city, where many Pinoys settled in the 1920s as farm workers, US military recruits, entrepreneurs, medical professionals, and laborers, to fill the economic needs of the Los Angeles region.
Florante, a library manager at Loyola Law School, and Rose, who chairs the board of the Filipino American Library, hope that the book will give readers "a more multidimensional view of Filipinos in America" and recognize them as "an eager, hardworking, and talented community that is proud to be part of the rich American tapestry."
In the seventies, Filipino-American students in Carson organized to gain college admissions, establish ethnic studies, and foster civic leadership. Similarly, Filipino-owned businesses have flourished in Carson, as well as in surrounding communities in San Pedro, Wilmington, and Long Beach.
The vibrant Pinoy community in Carson is strongly connected to its homeland and celebrates the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture. It has produced local heroes, such as "Auntie Helen" Summers Brown, who founded the Filipino American Library, and "Uncle Roy" Morales, a scholar and community activist who taught the "Pilipino American Experience" course at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.
Meet the authors of Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay on August 8, 1 p.m., at the Carson Community Center, Carson Dominguez Room, 801 Carson St., Carson, CA 90745.
About the Author
Coauthors and couple Florante and Roselyn Ibanez, Carson residents, have sought out family albums, organizational records, and personal stories to present this evocative history of their community. Florante is a library manager at Loyola Law School and adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University. Rose serves as the board chair for the Filipino American Library and works for the City of Los Angeles.
Top customer reviews
Thanks to the authors for capturing these great memories and to Amazon for making the book available. It will be enjoyed by my family for many generations to come. I'm even going to buy copies for my sister and brother.
I was 3 years old when the picture was taken and had never seen it before. An interesting and informative account of post-war life in the Filipino community of LA county.