Monday, October 26 at 9:00am
Unsung Heroes: Asian Pacific American Heroism during World War II
Host- Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center and the Library of Congress Asian Division Friends Society
Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119 – 10 First Street, S.E.
(Capitol South Metro – Orange/Blue lines)
Highlights of the day-long event include Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba’s overview of the war in the Pacific Theater, Japanese American Veterans Association’s Terry Shima’s reminiscence of the Military Intelligence Service in the Pacific, Anna Chennault’s recollection of her life with the Flying Tigers, and remembrances of Filipino veterans. Famous Flying Tiger veteran Fred Chiao, 93 years old, will be in attendance. Other speakers include Kelly Kuruyama and Norman Ikari, who will share experiences of their WWII days on the Italian Front. John Gong will reminisce about his grandfather, Flying Tiger Ace Arthur Chin. Valentin T. Ildefonso will talk about his time as a U.S. scout veteran in the Philippines. Rudy Panaglima, a Filipino guerilla veteran, will share stories about his experience as a 13-year-old runner with the Philippine guerilla resistance. Poet Vince Gotera will perform a dramatic reading from his book “Ghost Wars,” and the Library of Congress Chorale will perform favorite songs of the era. Several members of Congress will be in attendance to recognize the veterans, including Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.). During the program, the archival papers of Midshipman Cayetano Catura, a veteran who served two admirals during WWII, will be presented to the Library’s Veterans History Project, and materials donated to the Library by the Flying Tigers Museum will be on view. Also on display will be original watercolors depicting WWII pilots (donated to the Chinese Section of the Asian Division in 1944) and a binder with the original Gung Ho Newsletters mimeographed for the members of the enlisted personnel of the 407th Service Squadron Regiment of Chinese American soldiers. Continue reading
KAYA’s MissionKAYA’s mission is to mobilize the Filipino American community and build partnerships to increase our electoral power, advocate policies that affect our community, and develop leaders to represent us at every level of government. Join us. Help strengthen the voice of our community.
A word about KAYA’s endorsement process:KAYA's mission is to empower and advocate for the Filipino-American community. Pursuant to that mission, KAYA endorses qualified candidates for elective office in national and local races, and in primary races on a case-by-case basis. Candidates interested in KAYA's endorsement go through an application procedure and are carefully vetted through the KAYA Leadership Team. For questions about KAYA's endorsements process, please contact us.
- Celebrate Filipino American History Month this Fri in DC at @NaFFAA_National's reception! Proceeds go to @FilVetsREP facebook.com/events/1773602… 4 months ago
- Happening today! #IlluminasiaFS twitter.com/kalyedc/status… 4 months ago
- RT @AARPAAPI: Audacious: Proudly Claiming His Filipino Heritage, told by the King of Latin Soul, Joe Bataan #FAHM #FAHM2017 https://t.co/U2… 4 months ago
- We love these video features from @AARPAAPI for Filipino American History Month! #FAHM #FAHM2017 twitter.com/aarpaapi/statu… 4 months ago
- RT @AARPAAPI: A Filipino American Story: Being the 1st Filipino American Article III Federal Judge. #FAHM #FAHM2017 https://t.co/Rl9pClN4WW 4 months ago
KAYA Flickr Photos