Jess Tabasa’s exhibit, Watsonville Public Library

Recently, Jess Tabasa, ACE Board member and past president of FANHS (Filipino American National Historical Society of Monterey Bay Area & Tri-County) set up an exhibit in the Watsonville Public Library. The focus was on ACE and Salinas Chinatown (with its three ethnic groups: Chinese, Japanese and Filipino), the Watsonville Filipino Community. Thanks, Jess for continuing to preserve the historical legacy of the Asian Pacific Islander communities in this area! See the slide show below…


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Separate from Tabasa’s exhibit, the Watsonville Library has also has a permanent exhibit dedicated to Filipino farmworkers in the area:

Filipino Exhibit Watsonville Library

And there’s also a beautiful painting, “Generations,” by Heidi Gottfried Alonzo, that focuses on four ethnic communities that have long resided in the tri-county area (Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, and Mexican). The painting was donated to the library by George Ow:




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