A Timeline of Filipino American Art History
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1965-80: Time For Protest

We Are Sick Of Your Shit - The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a hopeful glimmer in the shadow of oppression.  However, when changes were slow in coming, more radical measures were called upon to catalyze action.  The worlds of peaceful protest and vicious vigilance collided as institutional policies continue to enact racist bias.  In 1967, the United Farm Workers Union was established after the merger of AWOC (Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee) and the National Farm Workers Association involving the Filipino community in a national coalition to fight labor injustices.  Universities and colleges were particular sites of contention, as admissions quotas limited access to education and the preservation of the canon limited the course of inquiry sparking the Third World College strikes starting in SF State in 1968 and continuing to spread to UC Berkeley in 1969.  Along with protest, a surge of creative energy propelled the creation of groundbreaking work like the literary journal, Liwanag, and launched the careers of a number of Filipino American writers, visual artists, and performers.  Not since the 1890’s that struggle and resistance were so pronounced in the creative expression of Filipino artists.