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Tomorrow's Memories

Tomorrow's Memories: A Diary, 1924-1928

Angeles Monrayo
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    Tomorrow's Memories
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    Angeles Monrayo (1912–2000) began her diary on January 10, 1924, a few months before she and her father and older brother moved from a sugar plantation in Waipahu to Pablo Manlapit’s strike camp in Honolulu. Here for the first time is a young Filipino girl’s view of life in Hawaii and central California in the first decades of the twentieth century—a significant and often turbulent period for immigrant and migrant labor in both settings. Angeles’ vivid, simple language takes us into the heart of an early Filipino family as its members come to terms with poverty and racism and struggle to build new lives in a new world. But even as Angeles recounts the hardships of immigrant life, her diary of "everyday things" never lets us forget that she and the people around her went to school and church, enjoyed music and dancing, told jokes, went to the movies, and fell in love. Essays by Jonathan Okamura and Dawn Mabalon enlarge on Angeles’ account of early working-class Filipinos and situate her experience in the larger history of Filipino migration to the United States.

    eISBN: 978-0-8248-6521-4
    Subjects: Sociology, History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. 1-12)
    Rizaline R. Raymundo

    It is heartbreaking to watch my mother slowly and carefully move around the house. She is eighty-four, blind and physically weakened by a series of major surgeries, but she still insists on feeding and dressing herself, taking care of her personal needs, and getting around the house with her walker. Once in a while I look through our albums of photos, which she began collecting long before she married, and read an entry here and there in her diaries to help sustain my memory of her when she was energetic, enthusiastic, and independent.

    I consider myself fortunate that my mother,...

  5. Tomorrow’s Memories
    (pp. 13-204)

    Christmas and New Year is now over and this month is beginning of the New Year of 1924, and I think this is the best time to start a diary my teacher told us about a book that she wrote about herself. And this is where I got my idea to start one for myself because, I would like to read about me—what everyday things happen to me—when I am old woman, right now I am only 11 years, 5 months. I have been in School just this past few years but God gave me the mind to...

  6. Memoir
    (pp. 205-226)

    I was born February 27, 1903, in the District of Tondo in the city of Manila, Philippine Islands. I was baptize in Tondo Catholic Church and given the name of Alejandro. My mother’s full name is Folgencia Ponce and my father is Gabino Raymundo. I don’t exactly know my mother’s parents, which I’ll explain later. My mother and parents and all kin are all from Bulacan Province.

    My father was born in the Province of Rizal, so my grandfather, whose name is Juan and whose kin are all from Rizal Province. My grandmother, I was told, was from Cavite Province...

  7. Filipino American History in Hawai‘i: A Young Visayan Woman’s Perspective
    (pp. 227-246)

    Angeles Monrayo’sTomorrow’s Memoriesis a significant contribution to our understanding and appreciation of Filipino American history in Hawai‘i, particularly because it provides a contemporary female account of their life and labor prior to World War II. Such a voice is generally absent from the works predominantly by or about Filipino men during the period of their plantation labor recruitment (1906–1946). The book also is important insofar as it constitutes a Visayan view of the Filipino community in contrast to the primarily Ilokano perspectives that tend to dominate our knowledge of Filipino labor migration and their plantation and other...

  8. Writing Angeles Monrayo into the Pages of Pinay History
    (pp. 247-280)

    I became familiar with the life of Angeles Monrayo Raymundo through what my colleague and friend Emily Porcincula Lawsin likes to call the “coconut wire”—our connections in the Filipina/o American community. I read Angeles’s diaries when they appeared in the journals published by the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society in 1991.¹ Riz called me in 1998, and I became closely connected with Angeles’s life. Riz had heard about my research on Filipinas/os in Stockton, California, and offered her resources; she told me that the Raymundo family trips to Stockton’s Little Manila in the...

  9. Back Matter
    (pp. 281-286)