Filipina Faculty Authors Leave Lasting Cultural Impression

Thursday, February 21, 2019

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The late SF State History Professor Dr. Dawn Mabalon will always be remembered for her inspiring words and her movement towards Filipino culture.

Through her books and teaching, Mabalon created an atmosphere for acknowledgement on Filipino studies.

Since her passing in August 2018, Mabalon’s book Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong has gone on to inspire many with a 15-city book tour.

The book is the first nonfiction illustrated children’s book about Filipino history and has been recognized for its groundbreaking portrayal of Filipino migration.

On Wednesday, February 13, Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez was joined by Cinema Professor Celine Shimizu and Asian American Studies Professor Allyson Cubales at an event titled “Book Salon for The Labor of Care: Filipina Migrants and Transnational Families.”

Shimizu displayed emotion at how much time and friendship she shared with Mabalon, going to UCLA with her.

“[Mabalon] sang with all the singers at the Filipino graduation, we were with her all the time, going to make a movie, and she even wrote me on Instagram saying, ‘I’m so glad we get to do this together,’” Shimizu said.