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Joaquin Jay Gonzalez

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814731963

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814731963.001.0001

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Blessing Passion and Revolution

Blessing Passion and Revolution

(p.123) 6 Blessing Passion and Revolution
Filipino American Faith in Action

Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III

NYU Press

This chapter explores the dynamics of intergenerational kasamahan (bonding Filipinization). It begins by discussing the respect filled interactions observed between youth and their elders in homes and Filipinized churches, and then explores what university students in San Francisco—particularly children of Filipino migrant faithful who attend spiritual schools—learn about social justice, community organizing, and counterhegemonic actions vis-à-vis the church. Next, it explores how these students use their classroom and library learning to foster a passion for justice within themselves and then release this passion as revolutionary action to challenge injustices in American society. Using an in-depth case discussion of Saint Augustine's Catholic Church in South San Francisco, the chapter elaborates on four conditions that are necessary for transforming passionate energy and revolutionary spirit into intergenerational kasamahan. The case study shows how these factors all come together as a passionate energy and revolutionary spirit that brings together young and old parishioners toward the confrontation of a critical immigrant rights issue at the San Francisco International Airport.

Keywords:   Filipino Americans, intergenerational kasamahan, Filipinized churches, social justice, immigrant rights

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