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The Filipino American Oral History Project explores different personal stories of the diaspora in the Greater Newark region and New York City.

This oral history initiative was developed in collaboration with the Newark Museum of Art and the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University-Newark and was catalyzed by the important survey exhibition of the artist Carlos Villa at the museum.

The Newark Museum of Art presents Carlos Villa: Worlds In Collision  from February 10 – May 8, 2022, organized by The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the San Francisco Art Institute and features Villa’s unique, large-scale, mixed media paintings and cloaks along with his photography, body casts, and body paintings. A central figure in the San Francisco art community, Villa was an important leader in the multicultural activism of the 1960s and beyond.

The oral history project highlights the voices and the important impact of Filipino Americans in the Greater Newark and New York City area and their experiences as being a part of the diaspora in the region.

Filipino American Oral History Project

Venessa Manzano portrait
Venessa Manzano. Founder, The Filipino School of New York & New Jersey. Photo by Jose Melgarejo.


Rohan Zhou-Lee portrait
Rohan Zhou-Lee. Dancer, writer, and founder of the Blasian March. Photo by Jose Melgarejo.


Jose Melgarejo portrait
Jose Marie Melgarejo. Photographer. Photo by Sony Rodriguez.


Patrick Rosal portrait
Patrick Rosal. Poet, Professor of English, Codirector of the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers-Camden. Photo by Nancy Bulalacao.


Carmelyn Malalis Portrait
Carmelyn Malalis. Former Commissioner at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Photo by Jose Melgarejo.



Filipino American Oral History Project Core Team:

Elena Munoz Rodriguez, Curatorial Assistant, The Newark Museum of Art
Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Curator of American Art, The Newark Museum of Art

Alexandra Chang, Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Art, Culture and Media, Rutgers University-Newark
Mi-Hyun Yoon, American Studies Program, PhD candidate, Rutgers University-Newark
Nancy Bulalacao, Founder and Director, The Filipino American Museum

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