tv Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa NBC October 2, 2016 5:30am-6:01am PDT
♪ hello and welcome to "asian pacific america." i'm robert handa. your host for our show on nbc bay area and cozi tv. we focus on the filipino-american community and some cultural events that should be fun. we start with filipino american national historical society and attention music lovers. the san francisco filipino-american jazz festival is coming. after we highlight some big community events, we continue our tradition of artistic cultural performances with our friends from the parangal dance
company. they will close our show today. ashan pacific america is proud to showcase events. there's no one i can think of that's a better guide than ron p.murriara with the filipino american national historical society. welcome back, ron. >> thanks for having me, robert. >> we like to also bring out you're the first guest ever to appear twice on our show in our short history. >> that's correct. i have that notoriety. >> and you will be wearing two hats today. thank you for doing that. >> sure. >> let's talk about the national historical society and how it started and why. >> filipino american national historical society otherwise known as fanhs was established
in 1982 begun by the professor, the cordovas, and they were one of the key institutional folks in seattle, washington, who felt that filipino-american history was not being documented and preserved. fred cordova and dorothy cordova were the founders of fanhs and, of course, we lost uncle fred several years ago, but dorothy is still in a leadership position at the national headquarters in seattle, washington. so fanhs plays an integral role preserving and documenting the contributions of filipino-americans in the united states. >> the last time you were here and other times we've talked, a lot of progress has been made. at one time we were talking about the number of things the filipino-american community were attached to such as the farm workers growth around the whole delano strike that really started the ufw. >> that's correct.
zw >> and nobody gave the filipino community much credit and the historical acknowledgment. that's changed. you must feel a great deal of pride. during this month a lot of that knowledge has passed on. >> that's correct. as a matter of fact, we have the first school in the united states named after larry and phillip veracruz, two of the leaders in the '60s and it's in the bay area. >> we profiled them and the students that helped start that movement when it was still al vera dough school and they were talking about what you are saying. they realized how much history was missing from their upbringing and their education. not only have we seen the progress in terms of their communitylightenment, but also in criminurriculum. how much more work needs to be done? >> we have some champions.
one so the first filipino-american in the state legislature. he has been integral in ensuring that not just all our histories but because's filipino-american ancestry, that our history is institutionalized. as a matter of fact, we have one of the key things that's going to be included in the social studies curriculum is the bill ab-123 that was passed and made into law where the history of the farm workers movement and the active involvement of filipino-americans will be included in social studies text. he's been integral in that. he was also the sponsor to have larry's birthday proclaimed a holiday in the state of california. >> now, we've talked about some of the things that have been achieved. what's going to be featured in this coming month? >> well, this month we have a theme. fanhs has always tried to establish a theme. this year's theme is 1946 turning point. a lot of folks don't realize 1946 was a very integral year
for filipino americans. you had the recision act of 1946 which basically took away the benefits of those filipino-americans who fought in world war ii. you have the loose seller act v 1946 which gave filipinos and indians the opportunity to access naturalization so they could become naturalized citizens in the united states. so 1946 was, we felt, a key turning year for filipino-americans here in the united states so the theme revolves around 1946, and many of these chapters, the 33 chapters nationwide of fanhs will be focusing their events and celebrating why that particular year is essential for filipinos in the united states. >> can you imagine what the community would have been like without some of those things happening? amazing. >> yes. >> how about 2016? >> as a matter of fact, you have 2016. a lot of folks don't realize that filipino-americans in the state of california has surpassed several of the other api groups, and in the state of
california we are now the number one subasian pacific american group in terms of population in the state of california. and in the entire united states, we are the second most populous apa group nationwide. >> all right. be sure and stay with us now, okay, because you're going to be our expert on the jazz festival that's coming up as well as we can talk a little bit more about the history and history month. >> of course. >> ron is staying with us. again, the event 1946 and 2016, a turning point will be on tuesday, october 18th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. put on my the fanhs, santa clara valley chapter at empire seven stew yos at 525 north 7th street. again, coming up next, notes on the filipino-american jazz festival held throughout the bay area. stay with us to find out more about it.
and we're back talking about the filipino-american history month as well as the upcoming san francisco filipino-american jazz festival which is held on multiple dates and locations and putting on one of his many community hats is ron p. muriera, a member of the advisory board for the festival. give us an idea in terms of an overview of how much progress is being made not only locally but nationally in terms of recognition for the pill fee know-americans. >> it's just like within the last several years, you've had this huge influx in terms of recognition of filipino-americans, whether it's here on the west coast, the midwest, the east coast. and so we're seeing a lot more in terms of significance of the month being seen by not just filipino-american community members but the greater community, even electeds are helping do resolutions,
proclamations because they realize how large their filipino-american populations are. new york, as an example, they have an amazing lineup of some of the celebration events that they're going to be doing in this month, in october. >> let's talk about the jazz festival and you're an advisory member for them. i think you're a musician yourself? >> that's correct. >> so you have a special interest in this. give us an idea for people who aren't as familiar with the event, what they can expect and why it started. >> well, the san francisco filipino-american jazz festival was founded by carlos de alcita because they felt filipino-american jazz musicians were not being given recognition. a lot of times they were recognized as side men. case in point is one of my long-time friends and horn player, saxophonist who has played with john santos. he plays with the pete escovida
orchestra. the jazz festival was to bring the filipino-american side men and women out of the shadows to the front stage. carlos himself, who is also a musician, he's a blues harmonicist. he contacted several of us and said i want to start this festival. it started in san francisco and grew to a pretty good following. we also had a partner, yoshi, which is now closed in san francisco, but that was our major location for many years to have the san francisco filipino-american jazz festival. >> one of the reasons you go to multiple dates and locations now, right? >> that's correct. >> it's important to point out it's not just filipino-american musicians playing jazz. it's filipino-american musicians adding their contribution, their element of the culture and their musical diversity to jazz, right? that's what they're kind of hearing when they go there, right? >> and what's great is that you have so many -- a lot of folks
don't realize that jazz has influenced so many different genres. as a matter of fact, i don't know if wearing my fanhs hat again that jazz was brought to the philippines by the buffalo soldiers. jazz was a major musical genre that filipinos just kind of, you know, cling to and actually it was the first genre i learned as a keyboardist. oscar peterson was one of the key jazz pianists i would always listen to and try to emulate his style. but one of the great, i think, when you talk about interweaving, the filipino aesthetic of music and cultural with jazz is a sister -- a musician named rock filapina. she sings in some other languages but it has a world jazz vibe to it. her husband is a percussionist who is latino. so you mix those together, which, of course, is very jazz
but just having that filipino sensibility and aesthetic creates a different experience. >> i remember a group that's still around, but i remember when they were performing at stanford one time and i saw them. i was emceeing the event and telling people you should support them because there were so few musicians and groups, filipino-american groups, around at that time. if they're still around, we should have them back as guests on our show. but anyway, the jazz form though is very visceral. that's why you can go to a jazz festival and you're going to hear something very culturally unique from this. >> uh-huh. >> what about these multiple dates? how hard is it going to be for people to kind of find a place? what should they do? >> it shouldn't be too difficult. the san francisco filipino-american jazz festival has a website, www.sfpanoifest.org and we have listed on there all the san
francisco filipino-american jazz feps val related events. it started in san francisco but now it's taking on a bay area-wide kind of influence. so we will be having not just san francisco filipino-american jazz festival events but we're also going to be having one in oakland and at the end of the month in october vallejo with many emerging and veteran filipino-american jazz artists. >> it's not going to be that hard for people to find it. it's nice that it's spread out, but we would like everybody to try to attend all of them, right? >> of course, of course. you get a different sense because we have some of the emerging youngbloods i like to call them and then some of the seasoned professional filipino-american jazz musicians and vocalists. if folks were to go to all the different ones, they will get a different experience at all of those events. >> ron, thanks again for joining us. >> thank you, robert. i appreciate it. >> the ninth annual san francisco filipino-american jazz festival is held on various
dates as well as various locations throughout san francisco, oakland, and vallejo. for more information go to nbcbayarea.com. and coming up next, our community calendar of important events. then we wrap it up with one of our favorites, the pa ran gal dance company performance. so stay with us. coming up soon..some filipino
dancing..but first some big events coming your way... well, coming up soon, some filipino dancing, but first some big avents comie ine ing your w. the aparture workshop will be at various locations including the asian art museum and art gallery and studios featuring more than 60 up and coming artists in comics and illustrations, film, literary arts, performing arts, and visual arts. and an event and topic we featured recently, the walk to
end alzheimer's put on by the alzheimer's association will het arena green in downtown san jose on saturday october 8th. registration starts at 8:00 a.m. it's held annually in more than 600 communities. alzheimer's is a concern for all xhuments but a growing worry in the asian and pacific islander communities. it helps raise much needed hundred for research and care and support. and the golden gate international film festival will be lighting up screens on october 29th and 30th at the amc theaters in cupertino. it will be the first international film festival at the amc and has more than 100 entries from more than 60 countries. documentari documentaries, short films, lgbt films, shorts and more. there will be an awards ceremony and after party to close the festival. and coming up, a filipino
generate the world wide attentioon soci media is group has from we have not had any group generate the worldwide attention on social media that this group has from their appearances on our show. with me is noel come compos. where is the group based? >> we are based in san francisco. >> for people who aren't as familiar with it, what is the mission of the group? >> our mission is to represent the indigenous people of the philippines through music, dance, and attire. >> and that's a lot of ground to cover. >> definitely. >> is there a lot of traditional as well as a mixing of contemporary influences? >> definitely. a lot of our company members travel to the file pens and immerse themselves with the indigenous people and they bring whatever knowledge they have earned from the indigenous people and they also teach us on what they've learned. >> that pretty much means every show is a little bit different.
>> definitely is. >> how about filipino-american history month. do you have appearances planned? i know you're still planning. >> yes. we are fortunate enough to have been invited to many different places, but the one that is coming up for us is washington, d.c., and it's perfect timing because in the fiphilippines it also indigenous people's month and also here it's filipino-american history month. >> it must be quite gratifying for you as a performer to be a part of this group like this and to be able to do it artistically. what does it mean for you? >> for me being part of this community and family as well, it means that i get to learn about the indigenous people that are not presented so much and that are not known in history and also that are not mentioned in our textbooks. so that's why it's very important for me to perform and represent these people. >> that's a real common theme we've heard during this whole month. >> yes, definitely. >> can you introduce us to the
members of parangal? >> yes, i can. we have eric, ophelia, kimberly gilbert, marf or, rachel, and noelle. >> thank you for coming and bringing your performance here to us and thank you for being a part of not only our show but filipino american history month. >> thank you for having us. >> again, the parangal dance company performing for us now, so flees enjoy. trt 4:10 (applause) ♪please enjoy. ♪ ♪
♪ [ applause ] >> thank you very much. the pa rang gal dance company. thank you very much for being here. >> thank you for having us. >> thank you. >> all right. you can find out more about the group as well as filipino-american history month and the filipino-american jazz festival on nbcbayarea.com and on social media with "asian
pacific america." our thanks again to the group for joining us here. join us next week and every week here on "asian pacific america." enjoy filipino-american history month, and thanks for watching. ♪ eventually killing one-third of them. now tobacco companies are spending millions to... defeat prop 56. because in every state that's raised tobacco taxes, smoking rates go down. so who are you going to trust? pediatricians, cancer groups and the califronia pta who all...
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