Images of America: Filipinos in San Diego, a book focusing on the lives of Filipinos in San Diego from the turn of the 20th century to the present through historical narratives and archival photographs, will be launched on August 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm at the House of the Philippines in Balboa Park in downtown San Diego.
The release of this book is timely as there is a growing interest on the increasingly visible Filipinos, the largest Asian American group in San Diego, numbering nearly 1 million according to the 2000 US Census.
The book is authored by Dr. Judy Patacsil, Dr. Rudy Guevarra Jr., and Professor Felix Tuyay of the San Diego chapter of the Filipino American Historical Society and published by Arcadia Publishing.
Filipinos have been a part of the history of the United States and San Diego for over 400 years. The Manila-Acapulco galleon trade ships included Filipinos on sailing expeditions to California, including the port of San Diego. After the Philippines became a territory of the United States in 1898, many Filipinos began immigrating to San Diego. The community grew rapidly, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s. After World War II, Filipino veterans returned with their war brides and the community began to build further. The Immigration Act of 1965 increased Filipino immigration into San Diego to include military personnel, especially those enlisted in the U.S. Navy, as well as professionals.
All three authors are native born San Diegans. Dr. Patacsil is a second-generation Filipina American born in San Diego to pioneering immigrant parents. Dr. Guevarra is a fourth-generation Filipino American, born and raised in San Diego, and is a descendant of pioneering Filipino great-grandparents. Prof. Tuyay is a second-generation Filipino American who has taught Asian American Studies and Filipino American History in San Diego for over 30 years.
Dr. Patacsil, who is also the president of FANHS San Diego chapter, notes that, It is our hope that the book contributes to the literature on Filipino Americans so that we are more accurately situated in history. We hope that it contributes to a better understanding of the lives of Filipino Americans, especially in San Diego.
The San Diego chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) is an active community organization composed of community members and leaders, scholars, researchers, professionals, and students. The mission of FANHS is to promote the understanding, appreciation, and enrichment of Filipino history and culture through the identification, gathering, preservation, and dissemination of information on Filipino Americans in the United States.
The August 21 book launch event is free and open to the public and is hosted and co-sponsored by the House of the Philippines. To RSVP and for more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.