A Fil-Am author is shining light on an important part of Filipino history in America.
It started with a dance, and ended in violence.
An angry crowd of white men terrorizing Filipino farmworkers in Watsonville, California during the Great Depression.
Gabriel Pagtama is the author of Based on True Events: Watsonville Riots.
His lolo, a sakada from Hawaii, opened his eyes to Filipino farmers’ violent history in America while his father, actor Abe Pagtama, sparked his creative side.
Pagtama plans to turn his book into a big-screen event.
True to our resilient nature, Pagtama hopes for this generation to learn from the past.