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Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies pres.

National Book Tour of Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong

Gayle Romasanta

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Gayle Romasanta
In commemoration of October as Filipino American History Month, join us at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as we host another stop on the National Book Tour of Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong, with co-author and publisher, Gayle Romasanta (from Stockton, California), on Monday, October 7, 2019.

About Journey for Justice:

In 2019-2020, Bridge and Delta Publishing in partnership with the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) and PapaLoDown Agency takes “Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong,” on a 20+ city national book tour. This is the first nonfiction illustrated children’s book about Filipino American history, and the first book ever written about Larry Itliong. The children’s book written by the late historian Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Ph.D. with Gayle Romasanta and illustrated by Andre Sibayan, tells the story of forgotten United Farm Workers (UFW) cofounder, Larry Itliong, his migration to the United States and his lifelong fight for a farmworkers union. The city of Delano, California, was the first stop of the national book tour with events held in Seattle, WA; New York; Washington DC; Anchorage, AK; Santa Ana, CA; Houston, TX; with future stops in Southfield and Ann Arbor, MI; Milwaukee, WI; Chicago, IL; Wapato, WA; Virginia Beach, VA; Irvine, San Diego, Stockton, SF Bay Area, CA; Lancaster and Philadelphia, PA; Honolulu, HI; and more.

“Journey for Justice is a significant children’s book about a legendary pioneer in the farmworkers movement. This was the last book that FANHS National Scholar and Trustee Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, wrote before she passed away suddenly on Aug. 10, 2018. We are committed to carry on Dawn’s legacy so that people of all ages can learn more about Filipina/o American history. We support this book and strongly encourage everyone to read it and discuss it with their children, community, and educators,” shares University of Michigan Prof. Emily P. Lawsin, FANHS National Vice President.

Currently, Filipino Americans are the largest Asian American group in 10 of the 13 western states, the second largest Asian American population in the nation, and is the oldest Asian population in the nation, with hardly any mention of their contributions to U.S. history in school textbooks. This book will be the first out of a planned series of four books about Filipino American historical figures for students of all ages, from 10 and up. A free teacher’s curriculum guide created by Pin@y Educational Partnerships is available at

Bridge and Delta Publisher and Owner Gayle Romasanta and the Filipino American community celebrate and aim to further Dr. Dawn Mabalon’s work to spread Filipino American history, especially “Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong,” Mabalon’s last book. Romasanta says, “She made history accessible and was a revered community activist. She not only was a scholar, but her work touched the Filipino

American community on a national scale. She not only saved the remaining Filipino neighborhood Little Manila buildings in her hometown of Stockton and named the area ‘Historic Little Manila,’ she traveled the country speaking and connecting with the community and spreading her wealth of knowledge about American history, Filipino American food history, and more. She was the leading Filipino American historian before her untimely passing.”

The Journey for Justice National Book Tour in Michigan will include a community visit to Paaralang Pilipino Language and Cultural School, which is housed in the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan, in Southfield, and a book signing reception and guest lectures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (in WOMENSTD 151/AMCULT/ASIANPAM 102: Women’s Studies First Year Seminar on Food and Gender in Asian American Communities, and in AMCULT/ASIANPAM 310: Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies [Race & Ethnicity-Social Sciences] class on the Filipino American Experience).

While the Journey for Justice book celebrates Larry Itliong and the history of the Delano Grape Strike, it also highlights Dr. Dawn Mabalon’s life work as the co-founder of Little Manila Rising (formerly the Little Manila Foundation), Filipino American National Historical Society National Scholar and Trustee, a San Francisco State University professor, and author of multiple books including “Little Manila Is In the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California” (Duke University Press, 2013).

Sponsors (Partial List)
University of Michigan (* = pending confirmation):
• UM Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies
• UM Department of American Culture
• UM Department of Women’s Studies*
• UM Filipino American Students Association Local Community Sponsors:
• FANHS Michigan Chapter
• Filipino Youth Initiative
• Paaralang Pilipino Language and Cultural School
• Philippine American Community Center of Michigan
• FILAMCCO National Sponsors:
• Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS)
• Carlos Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies at UC Davis
• Pin@y Educational Partnerships
• Little Manila Rising
• PapaLoDown Agency
• Bridge + Delta Publishing

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