Filipino Love Stories

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Filipino Love Stories


Love blossomed under unusual circumstances for the first wave of Filipinos to arrive to the United States in the 1920s and 1930s. This forthcoming online exhibit draws from interviews with and personal archives of the wives and children of these first migrants to the agricultural growing region of California's Central Coast. Their love stories reveal the constrained circumstances that marked Filipino American lives as well as the intimate bonds--of marriage, family, and community--forged under such circumstances.

Traveling exhibit is currently available for loan. Please contact Dr. Grace Yeh ( for more information.

Stories and images for this exhibit were collected through the Re/Collecting Project directed by Grace Yeh (Ethnic Studies Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo).

The Filipino Love Stories project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Studies Association Community Partnership Grant, College of Liberal Arts Circle of Giving Grant, Minker Fund, State Faculty Support Grant, and Extramural Funding Initiative Grant.

The Ethnic Studies Department, Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Program, Center for Expressive Technologies, Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Central Coast Chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society, and the MultiCultural Center also generously provided support.

Special thanks go to the many Cal Poly students who helped to gather the stories represented, especially Jillian Cohen, Hailee Hansen, and Kate O’Leary.

Kennedy Library curator, Catherine Trujillo, and her student team Ragini Sahai, Adriana Duarte, Carla Bernal, and Charlie Refvem deserve much praise for their creativity and diligence in designing and building the Filipino Love Stories exhibit for the Spring 2014 exhibit in Robert E. Kennedy Library.

Big thanks to graphic communications student Drea Achacoso and College of Liberal Arts IT technician for building the online version of the exhibit.

The California Central Coast Chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts and Education Center, and the Loonanon Pioneers of America provided invaluable assistance connecting us to and hosting interviews with community members.

Most of all, this project is indebted to and dedicated to the individuals who shared their stories with us.


California Central Coast


Summer 2014



“Filipino Love Stories,” The Re/Collecting Project , accessed March 21, 2023,

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