Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay (Images of America)

Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay (Images of America)

Florante Peter Ibanez

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 0738570362

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


One of Carson’s most distinct features is its diversity. The city is roughly one-quarter each Hispanic, African American, white, and Asian/ Pacific Islander. This last group’s vast majority are Filipinos who settled as early as the 1920s as farmworkers, U.S. military recruits, entrepreneurs, medical professionals, and other laborers, filling the economic needs of the Los Angeles region. This vibrant community hosts fiestas like the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture and has produced local community heroes, including “Uncle Roy” Morales and “Auntie Helen” Summers Brown. Filipino students of the 1970s organized to gain college admissions, establish ethnic studies, and foster civic leadership, while Filipino businesses have flourished in Carson, San Pedro, Wilmington, Long Beach, and the surrounding communities. Carson is recognized nationally as a Filipino American destination for families and businesses, very much connected to the island homeland.

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Ibanez. The Pilipino Youth Center (PYC) dancers based out of the Filipino Community Center of LA Harbor Area are seen here performing Philippine folk dances for the summer Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) in the dorms at UC Irvine in 1974. Dancing are, from left to right, Liz Viray, Janice Palicite, Elsie Dela Cruz, and Suzie Magalona. Part of the program for a luau fund-raiser in Carson to help pay for carpool gas to the next FWC included this skit about foreign-trained nurses being

celebrating the 30th anniversary and reunion of Kababayan at UC Irvine. Most of the founding group of Kababayan in 1974 came from the South Bay. Since then, there has been a steady flow of Filipino American student recruitment from the area to the campus. One of the first cochairwomen of Kababayan at UC Irvine was Roselyn Ibanez. Here she helps a graduating senior with her Filipinana stole during the UC Irvine Pilipino graduation ceremonies, also known as P-Grad, in 2001. Filipinos have a long

share and preserve the photographs, the history, and stories of Filipino Americans from our hometown. Each photograph has a story behind it, a family, an organization, or an individual, and each has made a contribution to the building of America. We believe that we are all heroes in some way, as role models, spokespersons, and even as the family breadwinners. The call for photographs and stories resulted in many more than could be included in this book. It is our goal to include more in an

Collections.) Doroteo Ines, seen here playing the trumpet, was born in Sinait, Ilocus Sur, in 1908 and came to the United States in 1928. He was a graduate of Chapman College and received his master’s degree from USC in cinematography, where he created perhaps one of the first Filipino American films, A Filipino in America, in 1937 (a silent black-and-white film). He was active in the early Filipino community, serving as the first president of the board for the Filipino Christian Church and

Los Angeles Harbor Area celebrate their first Philippine Independence Day on July 4, 1946, at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel. (The Philippine government later declared June 12 Philippine Independence Day with July 4 as U.S.–Philippines Friendship Day). The program booklet (below) lists among its officers Aproniano E. Elder, president; Bonifacio Libre, first vice president; E. De la Cruz and Nelle Roldan, secretaries; and Dr. Primitiva Demandante, treasurer. (Both courtesy of Kenny Dionzon.) This

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