"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
Virtual exhibition launch: Never Forget
Tuesday, June 6, 2023 | 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm PT | Zoom
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.
Enrique de la Cruz, Professor Emeritus of Asian American Studies at California State University Northridge; former UCLA AASC Assistant Director, former AMLM activist, and AMLM community archives organizer. He has developed and taught courses on Asian American social movements, Asian American legal history, race and racism, and Filipino American experience. He has written about U.S. Philippine relations and is co-author and editor of The Forbidden Book, an award winning collection of editorial cartoons about the Philippine American war. Aside from his academic work, Dr. de la Cruz is also a lifelong community activist, serving in various boards of community organizations and progressive philanthropic foundations.
Carol Ojeda-Kimbrough, is a lifelong political activist who fought the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines and is a strong proponent of immigrant and minority rights in the US. Her experience covers careers in the private, public and academic sectors – from a legislative and financial analyst for a major petroleum company, a field deputy and community organizer with the City of Los Angeles and as an adjunct faculty in Asian American Studies at California State University Fullerton.
Joy Sales, Curator of Never Forget poster exhibit and Assistant Professor in Department of Asian & Asian American Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. Her research on transnational Filipino activism intersects with her community work in Malaya Movement USA.
Josen Masangkay Diaz, Curator of Never Forget poster exhibit and Associate Professor in Department of Ethnic Studies and Affiliated Faculty in Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at University of San Diego. Her research and teaching focus on race, gender, colonialism, liberalism, and authoritarianism.
Edmari Joy Gutierrez is a current educator, graduate student, and organizer in Los Angeles. She currently teaches high school Ethnic Studies and US History in South Central and is a second year graduate student in UCLA’s Teacher Education Program through their Ethnic Studies Pathway. Furthermore, she is the current chairperson of the Southern California Pilipinx American Student Alliance (SCPASA), which strives to empower Pilipinx collegiate students through community, advocacy, culture, and education.
Lucy MSP Burns, Associate Professor, Asian American Studies Department at University of California, Los Angeles. Burns has published on race and performance in the U.S. and culture and politics in the Philippines.
Karen Umemoto, Helen & Morgan Chu Chair and Director of UCLA Asian American Studies Center, and Professor in UCLA Urban Planning and Asian American Studies. Umemoto’s research focuses on youth justice, participatory governance, and processes of systemic change.
Asian American Studies Center & Department – University of California, Los Angeles
California Humanities – Humanities for All program
Center for the Study of Political Graphics
The Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies – University of California Davis
Filipino American National Historical Society
Pilipino Workers Center
Asian Solidarity Collective
The Digital Sala
Malaya Movement SoCal
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.