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Did you know #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth
is celebrated in October to commemorate the first documented presence of Filipinos in what would later be known as the continental United States?

#FAHM #FAHM2021 #OnThisDay
Upon arrival, two Luzones Indios were first sent to shore to scout the land. In spite of observing several local indigenous people (the Chumash people), the landing party (now led by 2 Spaniards) climbed atop a hill and claimed the new land as theirs. #FilipinoAmericanHistory
The Chumash retaliated - resulting in the deaths of one Spaniard (Felipe de Contreras) & one unnamed Filipino. The galleon retreated & continued onto Acapulco, Mexico. For decades, Filipinos continued to work on these Spanish galleons, enduring poor working conditions & violence.
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Let’s talk about this day in history - October 18, 1587 - 434 years ago.

Many people might know that this is why we celebrate Filipino American History Month in October, but many might not know what actually happened on that day.
#FAHM #Since1587 #MorroBay #LuzonesIndios ImageImageImageImage
I humbly offer this history lesson, as most of us may not have ever gotten it. I also humbly offer the idea of commemorating this day in history, but not celebrating it.

#FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth #HistoryNotHeritage ImageImageImageImage
Please feel free to share with others. Happy #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth everyone!

Tell your stories. Preserve our history.

#FAHM #FAHM2021 #LuzonesIndios #Manilamen #FilipinoAmericanHistory ImageImage
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In case IG & Facebook go down again, here is some content for #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth!

Throughout the month of October, I’ll be sharing my #FAHMSyllabus, which will include some of my favorite resources for learning about Filipina/x/o American history and experiences.
Today, we begin with history books and historical memoirs! These are books that are written about (and in) different time eras - all by Pin@y authors! #FAHM #FAHM2021
I’ll also share some of my favorite essays, research articles, films, poetry, novels, and more! But for now, here are the history recommendations! #FilipinoAmericanHistory is American History! #FAHM @fanhs_national
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Why do Fil-Ams account for 4% of nurses, but 25% of COVID nurse deaths? Because America views Filipinx as expendable bodies used to shield "real" Americans from harm. 1/ #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth #FAHM #FAHM2021…
What's depressing is that the lie of the "American Dream" is so enticing that many Filipinx will be lured here thinking they're improving their lives, when really it's just another form of U.S. exploitation. 2/
This American strategy of hiring Filipinx as cheap, expendable labor is long-standing and pervasive. You can find examples in pretty much every industry. 3/3
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October is Filipino American HISTORY Month, NOT Filipino American Heritage Month. The distinction is important!

Created by @fanhs_national in 1991, #FAHM was always intended to be HISTORY Month. Not sure when/why people renamed something that wasn’t theirs to change.

History is political; it means acknowledging the truths of a time period. It involves honoring people and the struggles they overcame. It means acknowledging violence, colonization, slavery, and oppression. It means recognizing the triumphs AND the traumas of a people. #FAHM2021
Heritage is about the cultural traditions & values of an ethnic group. For Filipino Americans, heritage implies customs from the Philippines (e.g., food, dance, language, dress, music). While these are all amazing things to take pride in, heritage is not why we celebrate #FAHM
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A recent article on NBC highlights “The Decade in Asian America”. But it didn’t highlight ONE Filipina/o/x American. Not a great start to 2020, but in true pin@y resiliency, we create our own lists... AGAIN #FilAmDecade…
1) The Brown Asian American Movement has been around since the inception of Asian American organizing. But this decade is where pin@ys yelled that #BrownAsiansExist, thanks especially to @ejrdavid @ErnabelD @anthonyocampo…
2) #FilipinoFoodMovement took off this decade. From premiere restaurants in NYC, SF, LA, & Chicago to release of cookbooks (including new Instapot book!) Too many to name, but much love to @FilFoodMovement @hoodfamousBS @filipinokitchen @NicolePonseca…
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This is huge! Not only is this case important for all students of color, it is important in advocating for Filipino Americans, who are still significantly underrepresented in UC system. I salute @littlemanila for leading this initiative. #DawnMabalonIsInTheHeart #FAHM2019
For #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth, let’s unpack why @littlemanila suing UC Regents is important for Filipino Americans. Filipinos make up 26% of CA’s Asian American population, but comprise only 11% of AA students in UC System (compared to 25% of Chinese who comprise 45%) #FAHM
Filipinos have the lowest UC admission rates out of all major Asian groups - 54% of applicants, compared to 70% Chinese, 73% Taiwanese, 69% Korean, 67% Vietnamese, 66% Indian, & 64% Japanese. Let’s unpack that! 2/3 to 3/4 of other groups are admitted but only 1/2 of Filipinos are
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"My children aren't half Athabascan or half Filipino. They're 100% Filipino & 100% Athabascan...when we really think about it, it doesn't make sense that me plus my wife equals half. One plus one does not equal half. Racism is so insidious that it got us distorting basic math."
I discuss this & many other issues like internalized oppression, intergenerational trauma, intergenerational healing, etc. in my book “We Have Not Stopped Trembling Yet” published by @SUNYPress.

Pls check it out:…
This month is Filipino American History Month, today is Indigenous Peoples Day, & tomorrow @NextDayBetter’s #IntersectionsPH will release its 4th episode featuring my Filibascan family.

The episode is titled “Superpowers.” 😁

Pls check it out at:… #FAHM
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Filipino Americans & the Trauma of Being Asian American: A Thread for #FAHM2019.

Being Filipino American means being marginalized within a marginalized group. It means not being Asian enough, while knowing you’re not Latinx or Black, even though you may relate better w/ them.
The first time I learned I was Asian American was when I was in high school. There was an API student club, & I thought I could join because of the PI part. I’d later find many Filipinos felt more PI than A. But I’d also learn PI should be reserved for actual Pacific Islanders.
Prior to this, I was always *only* Filipino/Fil-Am. In California, we’ve had our own box since 1988. Plus, we had unique history of oppression & discrimination within US and AsianAm history. I never felt Asian because I was never treated as Asian. I was treated as a Filipino.
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