"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
LOS ANGELES—Join an interactive art-making workshop centering and building on the UCLA Asian American Studies Center’s digital exhibition Never Forget: Filipinx Americans and the Philippines Anti- Martial Law Movement. Artist Mae Decena will lead an art-making process and, with scholars and activists, provide the historical and social contexts of the transnational anti-martial movement and shed light on continuing struggle that links the movement and the contemporary struggles of the people of the Philippines. The event is held in preparation for the 51st anniversary of Ferdinand E. Marcos’ martial law declaration on September 21.
In-person participation is limited, RSVP required: https://bit.ly/NeverForgetRSVP
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2023
Time: 1 pm to 4 pm PT
Venue: Robinson SPACE (4308 Burns Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029)
Speakers: Cathy Miraballes (Migrante Los Angeles); Professor Josen Diaz (USD; Asian Solidarity Collective); Professor Joy Sales (Cal State LA; Malaya Movement USA)
Artist Facilitator: Mae Decena
Community Co-Sponsors: Robinson SPACE, Polo’s Pantry
Student Organization Co-Sponsors: UCLA SPEAR; UCLA SPACE; UCLA PTSP; UCLA SCPASA; UCSD Kaibigang Pilipin@; FUSO (Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization); UCLA Anakbayan.
Organizer: UCLA Asian American Studies Center
Never Forget is a digital exhibition of political posters and oral histories chronicling the transnational Anti-Martial Law Movement of the Philippines. This permanent digital collection highlights the Filipinx American community’s participation in the transnational struggle for human rights and democracy in response to the Ferdinand E. Marcos regime (1965 to 1986). Featuring a significant moment in the history of one of the largest Asian American ethnic groups in California, Never Forget aims to strengthen intergenerational connections within the community as it builds broader understandings of shared experiences and solidarities toward a more just future.
Read our May 2023 blog interview with project directors Lucy Burns and Karen Umemoto: https://calhum.org/apa-heritage-month-never-forget-ucla/
This project is supported by a Humanities for All Project Grant.