Ways to Celebrate Filipino American History Month
Filipino American History Month celebrates each October the history of Filipinos in America. 
While in May, we celebrate our cultural heritage during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, 
In October, as Americans, we focus on our over 400 years of experience in America. 
Here are a few simple and easy suggestions.  You can surely do at least one of these.

You can ...

  1. Read a book.
  2. Watch a video.
  3. Visit an exhibit.
  4. Stream a webcast.
  5. Visit with an old-timer.
  6. Have a glass of wine.
  7. Be inspired by a poem.
  8. Create a display.
  9. Make a Yo-Yo.
  10. Sew a quilt square.
  11. Host a book discussion.
  12. Host a screening of a film.
  13. Travel to an historic site.
  14. Stage a Yo-Yo contest.
  15. Take photos at an historic site.
  16. Weave a Nantucket basket
This is a work-in-progress, suggestions are welcome.

 1.  Read a book.

Read America is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan, if you haven't already done so -- and maybe re-read it, if you have.  This is not a casual read, because how Filipinos were treated in the 1930s was not pretty.  A recommended companion read is Remembering Carlos by P. C. Morantte, which provides welcome insight from a Bulosan contemporary.

There is a growing list of books on the Filipino American Experience, and you can even find a copy in a library near you. 

Here are some online options for reading about the historical experiences of Filipinos in America:
        I am Other by Manette Snow

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 2.  Watch a video.

Highly recommended is the documentary film, Filipino Americans: Discovering Their Past for the Future, which is worth viewing again and again.  

There is a list of classic documentary films on Filipino American history

And there is a growing list of new documentaries released within the last five years, such as Little Manila: Filipinos in California's Heartland.

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 3.  Visit an exhibit.

Catch a local exhibit on Filipinos in America in your town or city.

Catch a traveling exhibit, such as the Smithsonian's Singgalot.

The Smithsonian has an online curriculum, The Filipino American Story.
View it with your entire family and start a discussion.  

Find online exhibits about the historical experiences of Filipinos in America:
        'Positively No Filipinos Allowed' - New York Theatre Wire

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 4.  Stream a webcast.

Search for webcasts on the history of Filipinos in America.

Here is one webcast about the historical experiences of Filipinos in America:
        America Is in the Heart for the 21st Century, Part 1 - Library of Congress
        America Is in the Heart for the 21st Century, Part 2 - Library of Congress

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 5.  Visit an old-timer.

Your town or city has Filipinos who have lived there before you. 
Seek one out, and record your conversation as an oral history project. 

If your local area really doesn't have anyone you can talk to,
visit with these online oral history projects.

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 6.  Have a glass of wine.

Celebrate the many Filipino entrepreneurs who have launched successful businesses in the U.S. 
Among these is the Villamin family who owns Eden Canyon Vineyards in Creston, California. 

Get a bottle of Eden Canyon wine and toast Filipino American History Month with friends! 

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 7.  Be inspired by a poem.

Of the poetry of Jose Garcia Villa, Dame Edith Sitwell described as "amongst the most beautiful written in our time."  Born in Manila, he was known as the Pope of Greenwich Village (New York City), and his list of published works are included in collections of treasured American poetry. 

Read or re-read the poem Lyric 17 by Jose Garcia Villa, and lead a poetry analysis group.

            "First, a poem must be magical, ..."

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    In October, as Americans, we focus on our over 400 years of experience in America.


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