Filipino American History Month
FANHS 2020 Theme
Seattle, WA — In light of momentous historical events and current issues that affect Filipino Americans, the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) is pleased to share the Filipino American History Month 2020 theme: The History of Filipino American Activism.
We choose this theme to highlight the myriad ways Filipino Americans have participated in social justice movements, including but not limited to, the United Farmworkers Movement, the fight for Ethnic Studies, Hawaii Sugar Plantation strikes, Washington Yakima strikes, and Anti-Martial Law Movements across multiple decades. We honor the history of Filipino American solidarity with other communities in their fights for our equity and justice, including the Black Lives Matter Movement, American Indian Movement, Civil Rights and Voting Rights, Women’s Rights, LGBTQ Rights, and Environmental Justice. This year, we recognize the advocacy of our Filipino American healthcare workers who are actively protecting and fighting for our lives everyday amidst this global pandemic. We also acknowledge that 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Filipino American Far West Convention in Seattle, whose overarching theme was EMERGENCE and is credited in part as the start of the Filipino American movement. 2020 also marks the 75th anniversary of The Battle of Luzon in the Philippines – one of the bloodiest battles of World War II; it is also the 90th anniversary of the Watsonville Riots of 1930- one which has been credited as an impetus for Farmworkers Rights.
Possible activities related to “History of Filipino American Activism”:
- Organize online panels about BLM/Anti-Racism and the Filipinx community.
- Share how Filipino American history is intertwined with the Black American history.
- Interview community organizers talk about their work in solidarity with BLM, LGBTQ Rights, Women’s Rights, etc.
- Conduct oral histories with Filipino American activists from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
- Revive Filipino American political action groups to get out the vote.
- Highlight a form of pin@y activism every single day of the month.
- Organize children’s book reading for Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong by Dawn Bohulano Mabalon & Gayle Romasanta.
- Collect articles about Filipinos and healthcare as well as articles about community members we have lost and re-share links and recordings during FAHM.
- Conduct FAHM video memes of nurses, doctors, and caregivers in our lives who can do “mini-interviews” or snippets about their experiences in the 60s and 70s OR what it has been like to work during the COVID pandemic.
We believe this theme is particularly crucial in 2020, as it is a key election year and we are living amidst a pandemic and mass movement towards racial justice. Thus, we encourage all of our chapters and communities to reflect on decades of Filipino American activism, in order to inspire and foster our civic responsibility in the Filipino American community.
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