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FILIPIINOTOWN, USA 

Despite the fact that there are other enclaves of Filipinos living outside this district, it was declared Historic Filipinotown since it was one of the few areas where Filipinos first settled during the early part of the 20th century. Many Filipino-American families began purchasing homes and establishing businesses in the area beginning from the 1940s, shifting away from the downtown area now known as the Little Tokyo area in the 1920s and the Bunker Hill area later.


In recent times, Historic Filipinotown reflects the polyglot nature of Los Angeles. While the district still has a sizable Filipino population, they are the minority, overshadowed by a sizable Mexican and Central American population. Nevertheless, the area still has one of the highest concentrations of Filipino Americans in Southern California and still remains the cultural heart of Filipinos throughout Los Angeles. Of the 400,000 Filipinos that reside in Los Angeles, an estimated 10,000 are within Historic Filipinotown.

                                                                                FROM WIKIPEDIA

A VIDEO-CALL FOR STORIES MADE IN 2010 FOR FILIPINOTOWN USA [NOW (IN 2015)AN ANTHOLOGY CALLED FILIPINOTOWN:  VOICES FROM LOS ANGELES.  SEE IT ON:

https:///www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVrMGzyH3qo

  2/15/14 Launching of FILIPINOTOWN:Voices from Los Angeles.
 Anthology (40 writers) covering Fil Am history in L.A. from 1900 
 to 2014.    CSBonnivier at podium.  Photo courtesy of Salamin Magazine.


        FILIPINOTOWN: VOICES FROM LOS ANGELES is an anthology that came together, magically (no grants or donations, except of time and talent), over a period of five years.  It’s made up of documents, creative narratives, photographs, and artwork––40 chapters contributed to by a community of people and edited by three “children” (1940s and 1970s) of Historic Filipinotown who have been irresistibly drawn back into the neighborhood.             

        Over a period of five years, we researched the history of Filipinos in Los Angeles, held writing workshops, and formed a readers' theater which we named in honor of Eliseo A. Silva’s iconic (and recently endangered) mural of Filipino-

American history. 

        The threat to the 150-foot mural and the presence of our UP AGAINST THE WALL READERS THEATER brought new awareness and new energy to the community. When the book came out in January 2014, it added even more excitement to the atmosphere.

        People are drawn to the book, and one of the reasons for this is its cover:  It folds out to reveal nearly the entire length of Silva’s wondrous mural.  Another reason that people are drawn to it is that there’s a great variety of voices and experiences revealed in its pages, covering over 100 years of history, from 1900 to the present.   We have well known writers such as William Saroyan, John Fante, and Carlos Bulosan (who were Temple Street friends). We also have people who had never published before,  some who had never written creatively before such as our oldest contributor, Henrietta Zarovsky, 95, who lived on Bunker Hill in the 1930s; and our youngest contributor, Samantha Morales, who was 17 when she wrote her story wich took place in Echo Park around 2008.   All of the stories are written by (or about) a great mixture of people: Filipino, Mexican, African-American, Jewish, Italian, Irish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Armenian.  

     It’s all here.  In the book.  Magic.