Speakers Bureau

L to R: Cathy Chavez-Miller, Larry Hirahara, Henry Gong.
L to R: Cathy Chavez-Miller, Larry Hirahara, Henry Gong.

Many of our members have stories to tell about families, communities, and the history of Salinas and Salinas Chinatown. Several ACE members are historians in their own right, and have received public recognition for their service. We are available to speak to students, in meetings and conferences, or in discussion panels. Please use the form below to contact us if you would like one of our members to speak for your event. Include date, time, place and other relevant info. about your event.  The following is a list of our speakers:

  • Al Baguio: History of Filipinos in Salinas Valley
  • Cathy Chavez-Miller: Mexicans in Salinas Chinatown
  • Wallace Ahtye: Salinas Chinatown: families, businesses, community
  • Larry Hirahara: History of the Salinas Buddhist Temple
  • Jean Vengua: Filipino newspapers in the U.S. (pre-WWII); Filipino American literature; Filipino musicians in the Redpath Chautauqua (1920s-30s)
  • Richard Villegas: WWII War Brides; Filipinos in the military (Fort Ord)
  • Henry Gong: Star Market (Salinas); the Gong family in Watsonville