Filipinos in Los Angeles
The year 2006 marked the centennial of Filipino migration to the United States, when 15 migrant workers called sakadas arrived in Hawaii to work on the islands' sugar plantations. Today the largest concentration of Filipinos outside of the Philippines exists in Southern California. In the 1920s, the first substantial wave of newcomers settled in downtown Los Angeles, eventually migrating to areas just northwest of downtown, a district now designated by the city as Historic Filipinotown. The majority of early Filipino settlers were males who found employment in service-oriented industries, including work as janitors, dishwashers, and houseboys. Filipino Americans now contribute to all aspects of life and culture and live in virtually every Los Angeles neighborhood and suburb, including Eagle Rock, Cerritos, Glendale, Carson, and West Covina.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9780738547299
: Arcadia Publishing
: 04/11/2007
: California
: Images of America
: 200 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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With the help of community members and organizations, Los Angeles-based writer Mae Respicio Koerner has collected more than 200 evocative images in this remarkable compendium to share the many voices of Filipino Angelenos. These vintage photographs present nearly a century of Los Angeles life through the unique stories of Filipino Americans, highlighting their challenges and achievements and sharing in their everyday moments.
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