Fil-Am authors Florante Peter Ibanez and Roselyn Estepa Ibanez sought out family albums, organizations records, personal stories, and more than 200 vintage images to write Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay.
Printed by Arcadia Publishing, the book ($21.99) traces the history of the Filipino community in this California city, where many Pinoys settled in the 1920s as farm workers, US military recruits, entrepreneurs, medical professionals, and laborers, to fill the economic needs of the Los Angeles region.
Florante, a library manager at Loyola Law School, and Rose, who chairs the board of the Filipino American Library, hope that the book will give readers “a more multidimensional view of Filipinos in America” and recognize them as “an eager, hardworking, and talented community that is proud to be part of the rich American tapestry.”
In the seventies, Filipino-American students in Carson organized to gain college admissions, establish ethnic studies, and foster civic leadership. Similarly, Filipino-owned businesses have flourished in Carson, as well as in surrounding communities in San Pedro, Wilmington, and Long Beach.
The vibrant Pinoy community in Carson is strongly connected to its homeland and celebrates the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture. It has produced local heroes, such as “Auntie Helen” Summers Brown, who founded the Filipino American Library, and “Uncle Roy” Morales, a scholar and community activist who taught the “Pilipino American Experience” course at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.
Meet the authors of Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay on August 8, 1 p.m., at the Carson Community Center, Carson Dominguez Room, 801 Carson St., Carson, CA 90745.