Bridge to Identity – Discovering Chicago’s Filipino American History

April 16, 2012
Katherine Rivera Uniting America AmeriCorps Fellow

I’m very excited to share about a new friendship and upcoming event! Uniting America and the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago are partnering up for a special event in May, which is Asian American Heritage Month, to explore the history of immigration in Chicago. We’re looking beyond Filipino-American history alone to explore the many waves of immigration that have transformed our identity as a city and a community. 

I’ve been working with Ms. Estrella Alamar, founder and president of the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, to coordinate this event. We are hoping to bring community members together to trace their personal histories by learning about our city’s own immigrant journey. 

Estrella’s father was one of the first Filipinos ever to arrive in Chicago in 1920, making Estrella herself among the first Filipinos to be born here. She is so passionate about not only preserving history but also encouraging communities, especially youth, to engage in their personal stories. After all, what is culture if it is not shared and celebrated? I’m thrilled to be partnering with her and FAHS for this project and hope we can continue the work of Uniting America together!

Bridge to Identity – Discovering Chicago’s Filipino American History

Saturday, May 5, 2012 

2:00-4:00p

CPS Edgebrook Library, 5331 W. Devon Ave. Chicago, IL 60646

In honor of Asian American Heritage Month, the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago and Uniting America invite you to explore our city’s history through its waves of immigration. Free and open to the public, but please bring a treat to share!

For more information, contact:

Katherine Rivera 773.387.0443 krivera@aaichicago.org