In 2008, the Kababayan Program and Filipino Student Union at Skyline College published
their first book, Aming Kuwento: Our Stories, a collection of artwork, photography,
poetry, short stories, and essays about the Filipino and Filipino American experience.
Students, faculty, staff, and community members all contributed to the project, which
was funded by a Trustees’ Fund for Program Improvement awarded in Fall 2004. The book
was inspired by the words of Evangeline “Vangie” Buell, co-founder of the East Bay
chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society:
“If we do not tell our own history, then others will tell it for us — as they interpret
it — and we will risk losing the essence and truth about the Filipino American experience.
That history could fade from memory, and one day, our children’s children could be
asking, ‘Who were our ancestors? What were they like? What did they do?’ and there
could be no one to answer and nowhere to look.”
Five years later, thanks to a second Trustees’ Grant, the Kababayan Program has produced
a second volume, Aming Kuwento II: The Next Chapter. This time, the book was created
by the students in Liza Erpelo’s class, Literature 267 AK: Filipino American Literature.
The students in the class created the call for submissions, served as the editorial
board for the project, and came up with the concepts for the cover art. The books
were published by 360 Digital Books.
Aming Kuwento II: The Next Chapter was officially released on Monday, May 20, 2013
at Skyline College in the Hosting Gallery of the Multicultural Center. Books are available
for sale in the Kababayan Program office (4-246) at $15 each. All proceeds from the
book will go to the “Friends of Kababayan” fund, a community-supported fund to provide
resources such as educational materials, supplies, equipment, and scholarships for
the Kababayan Program students, faculty, and staff.