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

Sign the petition.

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

Nov
11

Stop JB Librojo’s deportation, end all deportations

A call for vigilance, a call to organize

I attended a vigil last night calling for a stop to JB Librojo’s deportation. It was an eerie reminder of a similar vigil which took place in front of the San Francisco ICE office for the Cuevas family in 2004. They, unfortunately, were deported.

The family’s case made national news. Well before Jose Antonio Vargas made his revelation, the Cuevas family’s deportation was amongst the first cases highlighting the impact of ICE’s stepped enforcement campaigns on the Filipino immigrant community in the wake of 9/11.
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