California passes law to teach Fil-Am history in schools

The law will include Filipino-American history in textbooks used in California schools.

Joseph Pimentel of the Asian Journal (via InterAksyon.com) reports that California governor Jerry Brown has signed a law that would include Filipino-American history in textbooks used in schools state-wide.

 

According to the report, Brown recently passed into law AB 123, "which would require the State Board of Education to include the role of Fil- Ams in the farm worker movement to the state's curriculum." The contribution of Filipino-American labor leaders to the campaign for better working conditions for farmers will be taught to middle and high school students from grade 7 to 12.


Fil-Am assembly member Rob Bonta, who proposed the bill, said the state law paves the way for California students to learn about the "Delano Manongs." These were the Filipino-American immigrants who spearheaded the creation of the farm workers' movement in the California that helped spark massive social change in the 1960s and 1970s.

 

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