Untold History: Asian Farmers in California
This interactive workshop features Al Baguio, Robina Bhatt, & Larry Hirahara discussing how Asians and Asian-American Farmers have played and continue to play a significant role in the agricultural sector in California, and yet their contributions are unknown and their voices are often non-existent or muted when it comes to food and farming.
The farmers will share their stories and will offer a mini exhibition – a collection of historical and modern photos that show the contributions of Asians to California.
About the Presenters:
Al Baguio is a third generation Filipino who was a field worker in Salinas. He is the Past President of Monterey County Historical Society, a member of Asian Cultural Experience and Filipino National Historic Society.
Robina Bhatt Professor at CSUMB Social, Behavioral and Global Studies. She integrates international agriculture and cultures in her Global studies courses. Robin also wanted to farm, so entered the Agricultural Land Based Association (ALBA) to learn organic farming and she now operates Robina’s Organic.
After a 40-year career in agriculture in Salinas, Larry Hirahara now lives on the ranch he grew up on in Madera. Farms organically and passionate about Asian history.
Part of the Asian Heritage Month Lecture Series. Sponsored by Asian Cultural Experience (ACE).