Mar
31

Speech from 10-year anniversary of the League of Filipino Studies (SF, CA)

It is with great honor and pride and I address you all tonight. I would have liked to be there in person to touch base with those of you I haven’t seen in years—our ten year anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and reminisce about our Union City retreat, silkscreening and hacky-sacking in the Valencia apartment in San Francisco and so much more—however, I hope that this event marks the beginning of renewed relationships. I’m happy that at the very least, we can take advantage of technology to do this.
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Mar
26

An Afternoon with Carlos Bulosan (at the UW Archives)

I had the wonderful privilege to look through the Bulosan papers  at UW in the fall of 2011. Today, Department of Labor Secretary Solis formally inducts “The Pioneers of the Farm Worker Movement.” Hopefully Filipinos’ contribution to this movement will be represented; so often it is forgotten.  Today seemed to be the most appropriate day to share the inspiration I felt from one of those farm worker movement pioneers: Carlos Bulosan.
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Mar
26

Remembering Flor Contemplacion

March 17, 1995, Flor Contemplacion, a Filipina domestic worker was executed by the Singaporean government. Filipinos around the world rallied to try to prevent the execution, believing Contemplacion to be the victim of false charges. While we mourn her death, it also sparked the beginnings of a new transnational Filipino migrant workers’ movement. I discuss some of the work of this movement, embodied in Migrante International, here: Challenging the Limits of the Law

Mar
15

NWFASA Alumni Leadership Panel October 2011

Nov
20

UC Davis Chancellor Katehi must resign

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My thoughts:

I have just joined the faculty of Asian American Studies at UCD. Asian American Studies, indeed Ethnic Studies programs more broadly, exists because courageous young people stood up to make demands that public universities truly serve the public. Read More