Professor Mabalon's Research Detailed Lynching of Filipino American WWI Veteran

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

DAILY INQUIRER (MANILA, PHILIPPINES) -- The late San Francisco State University History Professor Dawn Mabalon wrote about how white migrants from the South and Midwest came to California in the 1920s and 1930s and brought with them the tactics of racial terror.

In her groundbreaking history, “Little Manila is In the Heart” (Duke University Press), Mabalon spoke of the anti-Filipino incidents throughout Northern California: “On June 14, 1930, after it was claimed that he had been seen with white girls, the mutilated body of Robert B. Martin, a local lumber worker and Filipino veteran of World War I, was found hanging in a tree in Susanville, a hundred miles north of Stockton.”