Filipino American National Historical Society by HE2YP6b


									                       American National Historical Society
                                     810 18th Avenue
                                Seattle, Washington 98122

                                                             A sidebar from
                                                             B.G. Ventura
                                                            (206) 322-0203

Filipino American National Historical Society’s
July 22-24, 2010

        SIDEBAR: Historical background and Seattle U
      Seattle – (NPA) - The Filipino American National Historical Society’s 13th
National Conference will be held Thursday-Saturday, July 22-24, 2010, in Seattle.
      Conference site is Seattle University.
      Conference theme is “A Quest for Emergence: A Retrospective.”

Some historical background and current particulars:
* Seattle, a Filipino American historical city as early as the 19th century, is the birthplace
of the Filipino American National Historical Society. … FANHS was founded in
November 16, 1982, by Dorothy Laigo Cordova, Seattle University ’53 in sociology
with a humanities honorary doctorate in 1998 and serves as its executive director. … The
FANHS charter Board of Trustees was established in Seattle on November 1, 1986.
There are 28 FANHS chapters throughout the country from coast to coast with the
FANHS National Office in Seattle just six blocks from the Seattle U campus. …The
FANHS’ first National Conference was held November 13-14, 1987, at SU with the
theme, “Who/What is a Filipino American?” … FANHS established in 1991 Filipino
American History Month, nationally commemorated yearly in October.

* The 13th National Conference days are Thursday to Saturday, 22nd to 24th, with a
pre-conference day on Wednesday, the 21st, for the Seattle historic bus tour, National
Pinoy Archives visit, delegates’welcome dinner ala adobo, pinakbet, salmon, lechon!

* The 2010 theme is retrospective in looking back to 1971 with a revival of community
kinship and commitment kept alive from the Young Filipino Peoples’ Far West
Convention, held August 18-21, 1971, at Seattle University. Maintained by Pinoy
(colloquially Filipino American) community activists throughout the nation as being the
start of the Filipino American Movement, the Far West convention highlighted the theme,
“Quest for Emergence.” Principal initiator and sponsor was the Filipino Youth
FANHS / sidebar add one / historical background and Seattle U
Activities of Seattle, Inc. (FYA), beginning in 1957 as the nation’s first leisure-time,
cultural, educational, athletic and social agency devoted specifically to Filipino American

* That FYA convention nearly 40 years ago had several hundred Pinoy youth with
young professionals “involved in Filipino community advocacy” gather “to carve their
place in the turbulent Civil Rights movement.” Now as part of the FANHS National
Conference, a 40th Year Re-Union will be held “to share memories and perceptions of
what took place back in 1971,” according to convention coordinator A. Barretto Ogilvie.
Festivities from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, in the Filipino Community Center
include a full-course dinner, FYA Drill Team performance and Peter Jamero Project band
music. Admission is $20 per person and $15 youth.

* Historically, many things have happened in Filipino American History since 1971 like
Civil Rights, Philippine Martial Law protest in the U.S., burgeoning Filipino
immigration, changing Filipino American communities in population, demographics and
attitudes, Pinoy college student increase, Filipino American studies, the Pinoy third-
generation (among American-born) matured presence and FANHS itself.

* Seattle University, founded by Jesuit Fathers in 1891, is a premier independent
Catholic university having some diversified 6,000 professional, doctoral, master’s and
baccalaureate students today having approximately 7,700. Its urban park-like campus
evolving from original city street grids to park malls and gardens to make it an aesthetic
inner-city complex. Seattle U is the first Jesuit school of higher education in the world to
have a coeducational student body with women admitted in 1931. There are 28 Jesuit
colleges and universities in the U.S. The SU campus had once been a part of a thriving
4x4 block are of a Pinoy neighborhood with families representing much of the early
Seattle residents with second-generation children now in their senior years.

* In three-fourths of a century, Seattle University’s Filipino American graduates and
alumni have contributed much to the fabric of American life in terms of national,
regional, local and community development. These include governmental, literary,
educational, historical, cultural, artistic and community service. SU’s first Filipino
student club began in 1936. The current Pinoy organization is the United Filipino Club,
began in 1991 with its big campus event the Annual Barrio Fiesta, now in its 17th year.
Emerging in 2007 is the energetic SU Filipino Alumni Chapter, the co-sponsor of the
FANHS’ 13th National Conference.

* In its second-year of re-establishing its athletic teams into Division I status, SU men’s
basketball had been famous in yesteryears as the Chieftains, now renamed the Red

* with editorial assistance by Fred Cordova, SU ’52 BSS in sociology and SU ’98 honorary
doctorate in humanities.

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