Vietnam Vets = Wing Luke + FANHS 11/11

We will be screening the Filipino American Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project the Wing’s theatre on Saturday November 11th 2017 at 10:30am, in commemoration of our Vets.


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Filipino American Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project

In honor of Veterans Day, The Wing will be showing short films featuring Filipino American, Chinese American and Japanese American veterans throughout this day. Free with regular admission; $2 off military discount.

FANHS Filipino American Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project – November 11, 2017   27 minutes  Pereda Yano Productions

“Three years ago FANHS (Filipino American National Historical Society) began filming the memories and experiences of Filipino American Vietnam veterans in a round table format.  What usually would be a 90 minute session turned into a 4 hour marathon with the men telling stories they had never shared before. Ador Yano filmed the session while I was leading the conversations which were the best interviews I ever conducted.”  – Dorothy Cordova, FANHS Executive Director

This 27 minute film contains excerpts from those discussions, led by Dorothy Cordova and organized by John Ragudos, a Vietnam veteran and FANHS member who was instrumental in convincing the veterans to tell their stories. Dorothy, along with her late husband Fred Cordova, founded FANHS in the 1980s.

FANHS is still thriving and capturing the histories of Filipino Americans throughout the country. Dorothy, a well known and respected historian and archivist, continues as the Executive Director and resides in Seattle. She is the author of `Filipinos in Puget Sound” (2009 – part of the Images in America series by Arcadia Publishing, Seattle: WA).

Food and Memories: Historical Cookbook

Christmas and New Year’s have passed and most of you have indulged in your favorite dishes and shared family stories. Such experiences are representative of what it means to be Filipino American and we invite you to share those stories and recipes in the Greater Seattle FANHS Chapter historical cookbook.

To submit a story and recipe, fill out our survey.

Please share the flyer with your family, friends, and community! We are looking for all sorts of recipes from different generations. Most importantly, we are looking for the stories that made those meals so important to you.



October and November 2014 events and projects

At our October 11th meeting, members had a chance to discuss, plan, and sign up for multiple projects. And you can be involved too.

FANHS National Volunteer Training, October 25, 10am to 12pm. National Pinoy Archives, 810 18th Ave #100, Seattle, WA 98122
Are you looking for an opportunity to learn Filipino American history? Do you want to take part in an effort to preserve Filipino American history? Are you a student looking for volunteer hours? Become a National Pinoy Archives (NPA) volunteer! The training is open to both members and non-members. For information contact

Filipino Veterans Event and Forgotten Soldiers documentary, November 1, 2014. University of Washington Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, 3931 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105.

Sponsored by FANHS Seattle and FANHS Tacoma. The event will feature the documentary, Forgotten Soldiers, a “story of a group of elite US Army soldiers who fought America’s first major ground battle of the Second World War.” The elite force is the United States Army’s Philippine Scouts. More details to come.

Historical Cookbook Call for Recipes and Stories. Some of our most memorable experiences are related to the scent and taste of that one favorite family dish. FANHS Seattle would like to share those memories and recipes in our 2015 historical cookbook. Do you have a recipe of significance to your family? What is the story or memory associated with that recipe? Is it an old family recipe from the Philippines that was adapted to the ingredients available to the greater Seattle area? Or was it a recipe your family gave a Filipino twist? To submit your recipe and story, fill out our online form.

FANHS Seattle Ongoing Call for Writers. We are looking for your stories. The website is open to any form of writing or media content related to Filipino Americans. Don’t know what to write, here are some questions to get you started. Was there a document, item, or artifact in the National Pinoy Archives that was interesting or meaningful to you? Do you remember an experience that affected you or your community? In your opinion, what are 3-5 points, places, or people of Filipino American History that you feel are essential to know? If you are interested in contributing, email Devin at

Filipino American Historical Cookbook project

This year FANHS Seattle will publish a cookbook featuring the history of Filipinos in Seattle and the food we love to eat. From the pensionados, Alaskeros, to post-1965 professionals, family recipes transformed and new dishes integrated into the family cookbook.  We will be collecting stories that illustrate how family meals represent the Filipino American experience in Seattle.

More information to come.