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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Marina E. Espina's Filipinos in Louisiana is her long awaited, first collection; it is also an announcement of her book on eighteenth-century Filipino settlement in Louisiana and the United States, Manilamen in the New World. The chapters of Filipinos in Louisiana are Espina's articles in chronological order covering two decades of research, all of which were published between 1976 and 1981 in Philippine News, New Orleans Ethnic Cultures and Perspectives on Ethnicity in New Orleans. Filipinos in Louisiana opens a little-known compartment in the history of the Filipino-American community. Espina, as a professional librarian, has had access to archival resources on Louisiana Filipinos from the eighteenth century to the present; consequently, Filipino inhabitation and genealogy came to be traced to 1763 and for seven (now eight) generations since 1803. (At the time of this writing, information has been disclosed that documentation of the Filipino presence in the continental United States now reaches to the seventeenth century when the Manila galleon was beached at Morro Bay in California during a storm in 1595).
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