University to Host Filipino American Forum

  • October 18, 2006
  • MEDIA CONTACT: Efren N. Padilla, Forum Director, (510) 885-4818

The question of "what does it mean to be an American?" will be explored in the Filipino American Intergenerational Forum on the Hayward campus of California State University, East Bay on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. The forum will be held in room 1055 of the Music and Business Building, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. Admission is free.

A panel comprised of Philippine-born individuals and others born in the United States will debate that question from 9-11 a.m. Another panel, comprised of immigrants and others who were born in the U.S., will discuss the same topic from noon to 2 p.m.

"We hope this forum will foster a dialogue, communication and understanding between Filipino American generations," said Efren Padilla, professor of sociology and the forum director. "It is also intended to strengthen ties between Cal State East Bay and the Filipino-American community it serves.

Moderators will be Michael Gonzalez of the Stanford University History Department and Ben DeLumen, a University of California, Berkeley biochemistry professor. Barbara Paige, chair of Cal State East Bay's Ethnic Studies Department, will provide opening remarks.

Representing Philippine-born participants at the forum will be Grace Alvarez, a Cal State East Bay senior majoring in ethnic studies and dance who is a member of the Ethnic Studies Academic Society and Center of Filipino Studies; Jacqueline Rosario, a CSUEB sociology and nursing major who is a peer advisor and student recruiter; and Eangelica Aton, a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in urban studies.

Among the The U.S.-born panelists will be Rob Trinidad, a CSUEB senior in English who is an actor and set designer for Revival Arts Productions, a theater producing the work of Filipino playwrights; Erica Viray, a Cal State East Bay single subject partnership program candidate who is a world studies and U.S. history teacher at James Logan High School in Union City; and Quincy Camposanto, a Cal State East Bay senior majoring in political science.

Immigrant panelists will include Alex Torres, a performer in Filipino American arts, and Julius Salud, who has held senior management positions with numerous American corporations. They will debate with U.S.-born Ben Cardenas, a businessman and developer, and Irene Gregorio, Cal State East Bay Music Department accompanist and lecturer.

The forum is open to the public. There will be a break from 11 a.m. until noon. Lunch will be available for $7.

Further information about the forum is available by contacting Padilla at (510) 885-4818.

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