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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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Reconciling Old and Young Spirits

Reconciling Old and Young Spirits

(p.149) 7 Reconciling Old and Young Spirits
Filipino American Faith in Action

Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III

NYU Press

This chapter demonstrates how ardent Filipino American youth, many socialized in faith-influenced family relations and schooling, have joined forces with their parents' and grandparents' generations to tackle certain social injustices. It focuses on the critical role played by Filipino faithful and their spiritual communities in the pursuit of justice for Filipino World War II veterans and around extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. It discusses the strategies these Filipino American youth used to convince the larger American public and the global community to join them in planning and launching intergenerational counterhegemonic activities, or bayanihan initiatives. These activities have included protest marches, letter-writing campaigns, testifying before Senate and House committees, and candlelight vigils.

Keywords:   Filipino American youth, social injustice, Filipino World War II veterans, extrajudicial killings, social action

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