Wed, 09/01/2021 - 8:00am to Fri, 03/18/2022 - 5:00pm
1st Floor, Ocean Side
This collection of restored photographs of Filipino immigrants in the Salinas valley, 1920-1940 were taken by Narciso Bulosan Caliva.
The postcard photograph was the means through which the Filipino men tried to convey their success in America. On one side is a picture of them in beautiful clothes and well groomed. They’d order a dozen of the photographs to send to their families in the Philippines. They wrote of positive things, often never mentioning the hardships they were going through. As Tomas Lasitonia said, if you send a letter home, they expect you to put some money inside. A postcard was a simple way to keep in touch without sending money home.
This exhibition, originally on display at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California, was curated by Alex Sandoval Fabros, Jr. Fabros, a retired historian of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State Univerisity, received his PhD from UCSB's Department of History.