It’s October! That means it’s time to celebrate Filipino American month. There is so much to be told and shared from the history of Filipino Americans. When did Filipino first migrate to the United States? How were their lives like? How did they establish themselves in this country?
The Filipino American story, that is not published and shared enough in history books, in our country, is out there to be uncovered by more people and passed along so that our current and future generations can see the hardship and beauty of this culture.
This month we will be sharing resources and facts from Filipino American history. Keep reading on to find a list of resources.
While learning more about the history of our culture, we have created a printable fact sheet graphic organizer for you or your kids to fill in some facts that resonated with you.
Resources to Learn About Filipino American History
- FAHNS (Filipino American History National Society) – A national organization, founded by Dr. Dorothy and Dr. Fred Cordova in 1982 with a mission to preserve and document Filipino American history. Their site is filled with extensive resources, a gallery, information about the museum, events, educational activities, and more.
- “Why We Celebrate Filipino American History Month” (via Dr. Kevin Nadal @ Huffington Post)
- “15 Memorable Facts You Should Know About Filipino American History” (via Kevin Nadal @ BuzzFeed)
Events to Celebrate Filipino American History Month
FilAmFest 2018: Filipino American Arts & Culture Festival: October 27, 2018 @ 10:00-6:00 p.m. at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (Details here)
- Kababayan: A Filipino American History Month Celebration: October 18, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the Tacoma Art Museum (Details here)
UNDSCVRD SF: “Pinay Power” A Filipino American History Month Celebration: October 20, 2018 4:00-10:00 at UNDSCVRD in San Francisco (Details here)
- Filipino American History Month Celebration at San Francisco City Hall Rotunda: October 19, 2018 @ 5:00-7:30 (Details here).
Can’t attend these events? Here are 9 Ways to Celebrate Filipino American History Month (by Halo-Halo, Mix-Mix).
- Salamat Po! was written by Adriana Allen, a mother who wanted to teach her Filipino American children about the Filipino culture, but couldn’t find many books on it, so she decided to write her own book to share. It is an adorable picture book teaching children how to show respect in the Filipino culture, which is a very important value. (To learn more about showing respect in the Filipino culture, see related post here).
- America is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan, tells the story of growing up in the Philippines, migrating to America, and the struggles as a first-generation Filipino-American.
- In The Filipino-American Kitchen, chef, teacher, and author, Jennifer Aranas shares over 100 recipes from her culture.
Stay tuned for more ….
We’re just getting started! So stay tuned because we will continue to post resources, activities, and books to delve in Filipino culture, to commemorate our heritage month. Check back throughout the month for more cultural goodies. If you know of any resources that you’d love to share, feel free to comment below and we can add them to our list.