October is Filipino American History Month. The first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States took place just 225 miles away, in Morro Bay, California when enslaved Filipinos (referred to in the ship’s logs as Luzones Indios) jumped ship from the landing of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Esperanza. But it wasn’t until the 1930s that Filipinos began to see numbers in Alameda, with the founding of the Bohol Circle. Changes in immigration law and the opening of the Alameda Naval Air Station in the 1940s led to growth in the Filipinos in the East Bay. Over time, Filipino restaurants and corner stores opened.
Join the Alameda Museum for a presentation led by the newly formed Alameda Island Filipinx (AIF) to learn about Filipino/a/x migrations, struggles, and contributions in Alameda. Facilitators include Dr. Claire Valderama-Wallace, professor of nursing at CSU East Bay, and Lean Deleon, feminist and communications specialist, both long-time Alamedeans.
This virtual event will take place
Monday, October 16, 2023
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Register on Zoom