Filipino-American writer Mae Respicio Koerner has written a remarkable book that is a must read and a must have in your book collection.
Filipinos in Los Angeles is a book with a collection of more than 200 evocative images. It is a thorough compendium that shares the many voices of Filipino-Americans, highlighting their challenges and achievements and sharing their everyday moments.
Mae is a Los Angeles-based writer and a native of Stockton, California, which was home to the largest group of Filipinos outside of the Philippines in the 1930s - 1940s and today still houses a vibrant Fil-Am community.
As a second-generation Filipina American, she grew up performing traditional folk dances in Filipino dance troupes, and listening to stories of "the old country" passed down by elders during family parties.
This project shares a few of the literally thousands of Filipino American voices in Los Angeles. She hopes that the book will inspire readers to continue exploring their own family's personal narrative, as well as to further explore their culture's history and realize the importance of preserving it within the larger fabric of American history.
Mae is the recipient of a PEN Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship in creative writing and a Books for Life Foundation New Voices in Literature Award. She is currently at work on her first novel. Her latest work will be published in the upcoming book, The Bigger the Better the Tighter the Sweater: Twenty Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image, and Other Hazards of Being Female (Seal Press, June 2007)
The book is published by Arcadia Publishing, a leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Filipinos in Los Angeles is part of the Images of America series, which celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country.
Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.