Introduction

There comes a point in time when Filipino kids being raised in America start to wonder about their Filipino identity. Throughout elementary school I couldn't find a hint of my ethnic culture being taught at any grade level. I asked questions like, is this really my country? Do I really belong here? Where did we come from and how did we get here? So as I entered high school I was totally confused about my identity, I thought I was some kind of Mexican. It wasn't until I was much older and the wonders of the Internet made it easy to research. I researched my dad's migration to America and followed his footsteps as he travelled from the Philippines to Hawaii and then to California, following the crop harvest looking for work. I remember the tools he left in the backyard shed and I matched events that took place in relation to his tools.
What I found was astonishing. So I imagined myself walking in his shoes and reliving the past through his eyes. I could only imagine the emotions he must have experiencecd as a young man living through these events. If he was still alive I'm sure he would have had some interesting stories to talk about.


California Fruit Pickers (circa 1930s)

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Uncle Story Teller

First of all I'm not a historian or a linguist, or DNA expert, I'm just an enthusiast that collected a bunch of Talk Stories on topics I was confused about growing up and want to share with my kids. Stories that captured my interests as a child and teenager and had to research to find my answers. Topics that they didn't teach in regular school from kindergarten to 12th grade.

So read this book as if you're imagining a Filipino Dad, uncle, kuya, older brother, or manong teasing Filipino kids with his Talk Stories. If you're Filipino you know you have one. Look at me as one of your uncles telling you stories.

I wrote this book as if I'm talking to my kids. No one else will tell your stories except for yourself and I've been waiting for the right time to share them. We all have stories to share, we should all keep a Scrapbook and share them.





This book is dedicated to my kids just in case I'm not around anymore.
These are my Filipino-American Talk Stories.