Episode #1: Little Manila (Part One)

October 15, 2018

An alleged hate crime. An American dream. El Dorado. A visit to Stockton, California reveals the deep, dark history of Filipinos in America. Plus, host and producer Paola Mardo tells her long distance story.

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Show Notes


Research and interviews were conducted by Paola Mardo. Below is a list of some research sources. Paola also wrote this Buzzfeed story about why we need to remember Stockton, California’s Filipino American legacy.

America is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan
Filipinos: Forgotten Asian Americans by Fred Cordova
Filipinos in Stockton (Images of America: California) by Dawn B. Mabalon, Rico Reyes, Filipino American National Historical Society
Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California by Dawn Bohulano Mabalon

Manong (1978), Dir: Linda Mabalot (including unaired footage and interviews provided by the archive at Visual Communications)
Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers (2014), Dir: Marissa Aroy

Research and Archives:
Little Manila Center
Visual Communications

Long Distance is hosted and produced by Paola Mardo.
Co-producer and voice actor is Patrick Epino.

Cover art is by Celina Calma.
Title design by Paola Mardo.

Music and Clips
Theme Song is “Comin’ Along” by C. Light and the Prisms. Clips used in this episode are sourced from original recordings, archival tape, and online sources. The intro includes clips from the television show Hey Arnold and the film She’s All That. Most music is sourced through royalty-free music libraries. Excerpts from the following songs were used in throughout the episode:
Let’s Start at the Beginning - Lee Rosevere
Transitioning - Lee Rosevere
Eileen - Lee Rosevere
Cut Your Hair - Pavement
Assembly Line Work - Dee Yan Key
Keeping Stuff Together - Lee Rosevere
Sad Marimba Planet - Lee Rosevere
Lupang Hinirang - Julián Felipe
Jocelynang Baliwag - Pedro Concepcion
Ragtime Drummer - James I. Lent
Everywhere - Lee Rosevere

Special Thanks
Special thanks to everyone who provided feedback for this episode including Katrina Alarkon, Joe Bernardo, Jakriza Cabrera, Gerlie Cullado, Elaine Dolalas, Renee Gross, Josie Huang, James Kim, Nick Liao, Erica Mu, Joel Quizon, Stepheny Southa, Ada Tseng, David Weinberg, Visual Communications, and the Mardo family.

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