San Francisco – May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, which is now widely celebrated in the nation, to pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. Not long ago, Filipinos were mentioned in a pictorial-essay book (1983) by Mr. Fred Cordova as “forgotten Asian Americans” because according to him “very little is known about them and even less is available in libraries, resource centers or institutions of higher education,” even though the Filipinos are among the largest Asian communities in California and in the nation. The San Francisco Public Library in partnership with the SoMa Pilipinas community are making sure that Filipinos will never be forgotten. A joint venture, entitled “KODAKAN PHOTO DAY: SHADES OF SAN FRANCISCO, A Search for Visual Filipino History of San Francisco” is scheduled on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 10 am to 4 pm in the San Francisco Public Library. Shades of San Francisco is a neighborhood and ethnic community history photograph collecting project conducted by the San Francisco Public Library. Its mission is to copy photographs from the family albums, private collections, and computers of current and former San Francisco residents. The copied photos will be added to the San Francisco History Center’s photo archives in order to create a permanent record of the daily lives of San Franciscans as well as the historical, political and cultural contributions of the many neighborhoods and ethnic communities that make up the city. With the adoption of the San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors the SoMa Pilipinas as a Filipino Cultural Heritage District in San Francisco on April 12, 2016, it is of paramount important to generate the visual Filipino history and cultural heritage in San Francisco. San Francisco Public Library and SoMA Pilipinas invite past and present members of San Francisco’s Filipino community to get their photos into the archives for present and future generations. There are many stories to be told, many photos and multi-media to be gathered and properly stored and shared, and the time is now, as a community that is integral in the shades of San Francisco. On Saturday, May 13 Photo Day, the San Francisco Public Library with their staff and volunteers will copy photos and have the contributors to meet and socialize with the SoMa Pilipinas community. Photo albums, loose photographs and digital photos are welcome. Appointment are recommended. To make an appointment, call (415) 348-8042 or email joelene@bayanihancc. org or visit www.sfpl.org/kodakanphotoday to register online.
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