The Kansas City Public Library opens the exhibit Singgalot (The Ties That Bind): Filipinos in America, from Colonial Subjects to Citizens on Saturday, February 21, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Singgalot explores the tenuous political relationship between the United States and the Philippines, which was relinquished by Spain following the Spanish-American War. Rarely seen historical images detail Filipino migration between 1906 and 1935 as farms, sugar plantations, and canneries in the western United States recruited Asians to join the labor force. When the U.S. government sounded the call to arms in the 1940s, Filipino immigrants answered, serving as infantrymen and earning respect from a grateful nation. The 1965 Immigration Act hastened a third major wave of Filipinos who would champion major changes in gender equality and class in the Filipino American community and make significant contributions to the fight for civil rights.
Today there are more than 2.5 million Filipino Americans in the U.S. Yet many, including Filipinos themselves, aren’t familiar with the details of their history in America: their experiences, rich traditions, and culture. Singgalot is their story.
Singgalot (The Ties that Bind) was developed by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The national tour has been made possible by Farmers Insurance.
The exhibit is on display through April 26.
Admission is free. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.