Since it’s Filipino-American History Month, I decided to provide a book recommendation for a topic that I will further discuss in my Philippine Historical Figures segment, The Manila Men. Filipinos have a long history in the US that is further explored in this book by Floro L. Mercene. Mercene’s goal was to show the world especially Filipinos the forgotten history of Filipino migrant workers in the US & Mexico where they struggled and endured many hardships of labor, racism, and assimilation. For more of an overview of the book please refer to the following below.
The Filipino diaspora is at least four hundred years old. For two-and-a-half centuries, Filipinos by the hundreds traveled yearly to Mexico and the Americas, with many electing to stay and find a new life. The chief means for migration was the Manila galleon that sailed between the Philippines and Mexico to carry on a lively trade in Asian goods in exchange for silver from the Americas and the trappings of civilization from the West. The end of the galleon trade in 1815 did not stop the exodus of Filipinos to foreign lands as they began to discover the lure of other exotic ports in Asia and Europe. This book attempts to answer the question often asked: What happened to those Filipinos who started the diaspora? The answers are important because they fill a gap in the long history of this adventurous race.