The Delano Manongs

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May 20, 2015
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On Wednesday, May 20th at 6p PT/9p ET, The Center for Asian American Media is hosting an online screening of 'Delano Manongs' and live chat with the Director Marissa Aroy and other guests for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

Delano Manongs tells the story of farm labor organizer Larry Itliong and a group of Filipino farm workers who instigated one of the American farm labor movement’s finest hours – The Delano Grape Strike of 1965 that brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). While the movement is known for Cesar Chavez’s leadership and considered a Chicano movement, Filipinos played a pivotal role. Filipino labor organizer, Larry Itliong, a cigar-chomping union veteran, organized a group of 1500 Filipinos to strike against the grape growers of Delano, California, beginning a collaboration between Filipinos, Chicanos and other ethnic workers that would go on for years.

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The Delano Manongs

The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers

28min 11sec


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    The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.


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    Marissa Aroy


    Marissa Aroy has worked in all aspects of film production for more than 10 years. She received an Emmy for the documentary ‘Sikhs in America,’ which she produced and directed and just completed a documentary on Filipino American history called ‘The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers’ which will broadcast on PBS in May 2015. Media Factory, the production company co-founded by Aroy, created interactive video elements about climate change with Bill Nye the Science Guy for Chabot Space & Science Center and produced Wired Magazine’s first web video offerings. She worked with the United Nations Children’s Fund and spent four months in the Typhoon Haiyan-affected area of the Philippines producing video stories about relief efforts. A Fulbright scholar, Aroy was recently listed as one of 2014’ s “Notable Asian Americans in Entertainment” by the Center for Asian American Media.

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    Dawn Mabalon


    Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, a third generation Pinay from Stockton, California, is an Associate Professor of history at San Francisco State University. She has a B.A. in history and an M.A. in Asian American Studies from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in history from Stanford University. Her research focuses on Filipina/o American history, historic and cultural preservation, and the Filipina/o American foodways. She is co-founder of the Little Manila Foundation ( and serves as National Scholar on the Filipino American National Historical Society Board of Trustees. She is a co-author of Filipinos in Stockton (Arcadia, 2008), co-editor of Filipinos in San Francisco (Arcadia, 2011) and author of Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California (Duke University Press, 2013), which was awarded an honorable mention for the Frederick Jackson Turner Award (best first scholarly book) by the Organization of American Historians. Her essay “As American as Jackrabbit Adobo: Cooking, Eating and Becoming Filipina/o American Before World War II,” was published in Eating Asian America, ed. by Robert Ku, Anita Mannur, and Martin Manalansan (NYU Press, 2013). In 2013, she was named to the list of the Filipina Women’s Network 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the Globe. Currently, she is working on a book about the history of Filipina/o American foodways and a biography of Larry Itliong, leader of the 1965 Delano Grape Strike and co-founder of the United Farm Workers.

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    Darion Basco


    Darion Basco was born in the Bay Area where he started performing as a street dancer with his brothers eventually receiving scholarships to the San Francisco Ballet Co. They trained there shortly before moving to Los Angeles to study Acting. Darion’s credits include the pioneering film “The Debut,” the first Filipino-American feature in which he co-stars with his siblings. Other films include “Hundred Percent” and “The Brady Bunch Movie.” Darion plays labor leader Larry Itliong in Diego Luna’s bio pic “Cesar Chavez” and has a lead role in the recently released “Blood Ransom,” directed by Francis dela Torre.

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    Johnny Itliong


    Johnny Itliong is the son of labor movement leader Larry Itliong

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