Filipino Immigration to and Culture in the Yakima Valley
January 2009 - Yakima Valley Museum
The Filipino community in the Yakima Valley shared their vibrant culture with I-WAY members through dance, food and a wonderful talk by a descendant of an early settler. Lorena Silva is a Board Member of the Filipino American Community of Yakima Valley and shared many stories about the lives of early Filipino settlers in the Yakima Valley.
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Comments from members who attended
The dancers not only keep the culture alive, but the family bonds! All the parents coming to see theirs kids (and help with the cooking) brings the community together!
By having this kind of event, IWAY is contributing to maintain the cultures alive as well... every time somebody is invited to talk about their culture and traditions becomes an opportunity to keep the connection to their culture and history alive. It also reminds us of our own values and brings pride and love for our roots. We also realize how close we are, how many values we share, because at the end, we are all one community on earth.
Thank you to Emma and all the other Philippine ladies. I really enjoyed hearing the story of the first settlers, their different cultural background, languages, and trials of being accepted as a new group. It is interesting to hear how individual groups have dealt with integrating into society while still keeping their culture intact. The dancers were a great example of keeping that culture alive.
And yes, the food was delicious. Lets have more of those type of programs!
The dance of the kids was very cute. The food was good! Good job!