The Delano Manongs

On November 5, 2014, the A/P/A Institute at NYU hosted a screening of the powerful, critically-acclaimed documentary The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers. Using archival footage and interviews with the Manongs and their families, filmmaker Marissa Aroy carefully uncovers the history of Filipino farmworkers who spurred the 1965 Great Grape Strike and joined forces with Chicano workers to create the United Farmworkers Union.

Poet Joseph Legaspi opened the program with a reading of new works inspired by the stories of the Manongs (Ilocano term of respect for older men). After the screening, Aroy was joined in conversation by Christine Bacareza Balance (University of California, Irvine) and, via Google Hangout, Dawn Bohulano Mabalon (Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California).

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