Memoirs of Manang: The Story of a Filipina American Pioneer

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Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2015 - Filipino Americans - 101 pages
A Filipina elder recounts the journey with her mother from a small provincial town in the Philippines to the urban setting of Chicago in 1929. She chronicles the joys and heartaches of her immigrant family as they face the Great Depression and World War II. She moves effortlessly between two cultures throughout her life. As the Filipino population grows after the war, we watch her emerge as a community leader and advocate, becoming one of the most successful fundraisers for the community center.

About the author (2015)

Victoria was a founding member of both Filipinos for Affirmative Action (now Filipino Advocates for Justice) and Asian Community Mental Health Services in Oakland. She served as interim director for both the Asian Women's Shelter in San Francisco and Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments in Fremont. She is the current president of the East Bay chapter of the Filipino American National History Society. Victoria has been published in two anthologies, Seven Card Stud with Seven Manangs Wild and Beyond Lumpia, Pansit and Seven Manangs Wild. Named by the Filipino Women's Network as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the U.S. in 2012, she received her award alongside her mother. Constance Santos was a leader in the Chicago Filipino-American community for many years. She helped establish the Jose Rizal Heritage Center and was a major fundraiser. She is a director and trustee of the Filipino American Council of Chicago. She cofounded the Ang Balita newspaper and the Bagumbayan Credit Union, the only Filipino-American Credit Union in the U.S. She was recognized for her community work by the Fili-Am TV Hall of Fame, received Chicago's Outstanding Senior of the Year award, and was recognized by the Filipino Women's Network as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the U.S. in 2012.

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