The community has also had to deal with historic and contemporary social forces especially labor expoitation, racism and newcomers. Mabalon grew up in Little Manila, so its history is also a major part of Mabalon's and vice versa. Thankfully, Mabalon's narrative is spiced with numerous oral history quotations from "old-timers" -- a generation that will soon be lost. While there is some hope in the future for a community with memory, it can only happen IF newer generations of Filipino Americans gain an appreciation of their past and by reading Mabalon's very readable but long book!
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Little Manila is in the Heart is sometimes a bit disjointed but is full of emotion and purpose. Many Filipino American communities need to have similar accounts written like Mabalon's. This is not your ordinary history book. Mabalon has called on the tool of personal narratives to bring history to life. For once in my life, I was not bored by the topic.
Normally, history is just not my thing. But I could not put this book down. I was pulled in by the people in the book and their stories. It really makes the reality of the past something you can connect to. I could see how the stories of my Mexican relatives related to the stories of the manangs and manongs in the book.
I strongly recommend this to anyone interested in Filipino-American history, California history, farm labor history, and immigration history.
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Dawn B. Mabalon wrote this book as her thesis for her doctorate at Stanford University. It took her 20 years and thousands of interviews , intense research on undocumented stories hence verbal interviews with people who lived, worked, and knew Little Manila in Stockton CA.. She had some 1, notes in the book, several personal stories about families and individuals that impacted Stockton's Filipino Community since their emigration from Mabalon's mastery of historical events is a masterpiece to the Filipinos in that era when Little Manila was a thriving, bustling place now replaced by the crosstown freeway.
But at least there is the Filipino Center, a low cost housing building adjacent to Filipino stores, an office space or hall where the all Filipino American Legion Post Manual A. Roxas have their meetingsand social events ,.
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Mabalon's book is a pivotal point in Filipino -American history which had never been documented before now. She wrote a magnificent history of Stockton's Filipino Community. In-depth and interesting stories, keep you glued to the book, as she once aspired to be a journalist! Perhaps this book was her calling in this lifetime. And make no mistake about it, she thoroughly documented as much as she could to reveal the history of what really went on with the brown skinned man in Stockton CA!
Great book to read and very insightful. An amazing, wonderfully researched book on an infinitely interesting topic. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Great item and great price. See all 6 reviews.
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