Filipino Americans: A Glorious History, A Golden Legacy

Eliseo Art Silva

1995. Sponsored by SPARC, 140' x 20'. 1660 Beverly Blvd at Union. Near the Candy Chuateco Community Garden. The garden is sponsored by Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA); Pace Garden Program; Los Angeles Havest. Garden project is funded by USDA Forestry Service. The mural itself portrays events from Filipino history. It is accompanied by a lengthy quote from Carlos Bulosan, which is reproduced below.

From America is in the heart (1946) by Carlos Bulosan: "It is but fair to say that America is not a land of one race or one class of men. We are all Americans that have toiled and suffered and known oppression and defeat. America is not bound by geographical latitutdes. America is not merely a land or an institution. America is in the hearts of men that died for freedom; it is also in the eyes of men that are building a new world. America is a prophecy of a new society of men; of a system that knows no sorrow or strife or suffering. America is a warning to those who would try to falsify the ideals of freement.

America is also the nameless foreigner, the homeless refugee, the hungry boy begging for a job, and the black body dangling from a tree. America is the illiterate immigrant who is ashamed that the world of books and intellectual opportunities are closed to him. We are all that nameless foreigner, that homeless refugee, that hungry boy, that illiterate immigrant, and that lynched black body. All of us, from the first Adam to the last Filipino, native born or alien, educated or illiterate - We are America!"

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