6:00 PM – Little Manila: Filipinos in California’s Heartland (2007), at the National Steinbeck Center, June 7, 1 Main St., Salinas. FREE, with a discussion after the screening.
Little Manila was the area in Stockton notoriously called Skid Row, but it was also the closest thing Filipinos had to a hometown. In its heyday in the 30s, this lively area had the largest population of Filipinos outside of the Philippines.
Why watch a film about a skid row area of Stockton–a neighborhood in a city that has become an icon for bankrupt city governments? Because one of the keys to revitalizing a downtown area is in remembering its history and its struggles, educating youth to see their place in this history, and working with them (and with locals of all ages) to create a better future. This is a lesson we are learning with the revitalization of Salinas’ Chinatown. It’s also a lesson learned and being put to good use by Dawn Mabalon and Dillon Delvo of Stockton, CA. Check out this article about Delvo and his work with the youth of Stockton’s Little Manila. Then, check out Monique Rutland’s senior capstone project on Salinas Chinatown:
So come down to the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas; be inspired with art, music, and a movie on First Friday:
SALINAS, CA– On Friday, June 7, 2013, the National Steinbeck Center presents First Friday FREE from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at 1 Main Street in Salinas, CA. All are welcomed to enjoy great music and to engage with local artists. In June, we are adding a new feature: free film screenings thanks to a collaboration and partnership with KQED.
Join us during first Friday and enjoy our concessions stand with soft drinks, water and wine for sale; the program will include:
5:00 – 8:00 PM – To benefit Hartnell College.
MUSIC BY YOUTH ORCHESTRA SALINAS
5:30 PM – YoSal students demonstrate what they have learned this year.
6:00 PM – Little Manila: Filipinos in California’s Heartland (2007), with a discussion after the screening, on Friday, June 7, 2013.