As Filipino American History Month draws to a close, we continue to commemorate and honor a legacy of a struggle that history so often forgets to document. Yesterday, the New York Times posted an article on one of the Labor Union's forgotten heroes, Larry Itliong.
According to a new wave of Filipino and Filpino-American scholars and historians, there is a an important component missing from the predominantly Latino narrative.
Dawn Bohulano Malabon, an associate professor of history at San Francisco State University states:
“In popular culture, it’s seen as a Chicano movement, not as the multiethnic alliance that it actually was.”
The NY Times article also states:
"Filipino activism had deep roots: harsh treatment in the Hawaiian cane fields, including whippings, led to a history of sometimes violent strikes. West Coast farmers started turning to Filipinos — mostly single men — for cheap labor after the Immigration Act of 1924 excluded Asians from entering the United States. Filipinos were an exception because the United States had annexed their country."
You can read the rest of the NY Times article here. Larry Itliong, Forgotten Filipino Labor Leader
More photos here. www.nytimes.com/slideshow