A Toast to our Heritage!

Happy Filipino-American History Month (FAHM)!  FAHM was first recognized statewide in California, 2006.   A few years later, Congress passed a resolution in November (2009) to recognize October as FAHM nationwide.   Every year, Filipino communities from coast to coast celebrate its heritage.  I’ve seen major streets of San Francisco and New York close down for the thousands in attendance for the annual FAHM parades, events, and festivities.

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But about 65 years ago, Filipinos in America were speaking of a different tone:

“I know deep down in my heart that I am an exile in America…I feel like a criminal running away from a crime I did not commit.  And this crime is that I am a Filipino in America.”  –Carlos Bulosan, America is in the Heart (1946)   Continue reading