Happy FAHM yall!!

Hello cuties! My name is Czarlene, pronouns she/her/hers, and I am your political chair for the 2018-2019 school year. Today I’m in an especially good mood because I just realized that it is the first week of October!! So do yall know what that means?

Its 𝔉𝔦𝔩𝔦𝔭𝔦𝔫𝔬 𝔄π”ͺπ”’π”―π”¦π” π”žπ”« β„Œπ”¦π”°π”±π”¬π”―π”Ά 𝔐𝔬𝔫𝔱π”₯!

Filipino American History Month (or FAHM for short) is our month to reflect. We come from a history rising from resistance, exclusion, and oppression, and in return of all the generations before us that sacrificed and fought for us, we need to keep our voices loud and let our stories be told. This month, we will be going more in depth about major events in Filipino American history that have gone ignored in traditional American curriculum. Its about to be a journey y'all! In the meantime, this video did a beautiful job of summarizing up some of the main points of the Filipino American history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JlbyP3irNY

Please share any cool facts about your family history down below! I’ll start off the discussion with some of my own:

On my dad’s side, my grandfather was a survivor of the Bataan Death March. He was a Purple Heart recipient because he was shot in both legs during the march. He volunteered himself so selflessly and was only able to receive the American citizenship that he was promised until he was a senior citizen.

On my mother’s side, my grandmother had to be buried underground for a large part of her adolescence. It was during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, and Japanese soldiers would go door to door trying to kidnap young virgin women and girls to take as comfort women. My great grandmother did everything she could to protect the one family member she had left, and would bury my grandma underground to hide her from the Japanese soldiers.

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