Oct. 25 is the 100th birthday of Larry Itliong, the iconic Filipino American farm worker labor leader overshadowed by Cesar Chavez. On this podcast, I interview Fred Basconcillo, a former national president of the Iron Workers Union.
Basconcillo, 76, knew Itliong and was mentored by him. Basconcillo says why Itliong was important and why he may have been overlooked by historians. He also shares stories of Itliong, including an episode that may have led to a split between Itliong and Chavez. Basconcillo says Itliong was upset Chavez treated Filipino workers differently at one site in the Coachella Valley where goonies were called in to beat up Filipino workers.
The podcast is about 13 minutes long, and was recorded on 10/22/2013 at the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco after a Filipino American History month program honoring the 69th anniversary of the Leyte Landing.( Leyte was a turning point in World War II where U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, accompanied by Sergio Osmena and Carlos Romulo, returned to liberate the Philippines).
Fred Basconcillo, one of the few first generation Filipino Americans born and raised in America, at a Filipino History Month celebration of the Alvarado Project at the San Francisco Philippine Consulate.
The U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has refused to let an Asian American rock band known as “The Slants,” register its name which was found by the board to be “disparaging.”
Bass player and founder Simon Tam spoke with Emil Guillermo the morning after the decision was handed down on Oct. 2.
Tam said he was glad the case is now out of the trademark court area, so that a case can now be filed in federal court where it can be determined if the group has been denied the name of the basis of race. He believes it is an important civil rights battle to “take back” and re-appropriate the term which has been used in the past as a slur.
I talk with Little Manila Foundation’s Dillon Delvo about Dawn Mabalon’s new book, “Little Manila Is In The Heart”. The event took place in Stockton,Ca. on 7/13/13. Dawn’s research breaks new ground, and even uncovered an important personal revelation for Dillon, who learned about his father’s association with the under-appreciated Filipino American labor leader, Larry Itliong. Everyone seems to be discovering Itliong finally, with a growing movement to acknowledge history and place him next to iconic labor leader Cesar Chavez.