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Charles B Wang Center

February 12, 2012 to April 22, 2012
Exhibition will be closed on April 1st, April 7th and April 8th.

Singgalot -- The Ties That Bind: Filipinos in America from Colonial Subjects to Citizens

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Did you know that Filipino sailors landed on American soil in the 1600's? That the first Filipino settlements in America were in the bayous and marshes of Louisiana? That more than 7000 Filipinos fought in World War II? That there are more than 2.7 million people of Filipino descent living and thriving in the United States? What is America like for Filipino Immigrants? What have they contributed to America?

Singgalot – The Ties that Bind: Filipinos in America from Colonial Subjects to Citizens tells their stories. The exhibition details the rich history of Filipinos in America, honors early immigrant pioneers and the determined generations after them, and addresses the community and culture of Filipino Americans through historically significant photographs.  Singgalot celebrates the vital contribution made by Filipino Americans to Pacific trade, military service, the arts, and civil rights activism.

Developed by Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program and organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. National tour made possible by Farmers Insurance. In collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Social and Cultural Club, Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Asian Pacific American Association, Collaborative Opportunities for Raising Empowerment (CORE), Filipino American National Historical Society (FAHNS), Filipino American Human Services, Inc (FAHSI), Filipino American Unity for progress (UniPro), Filipino Children’s Fund, Philippine Consulate of New York City, Philippine United Student Organization (PUSO) of Stony Brook University, Stony Brook University's Asian and Asian American Studies Department, and Suffolk County's Asian American Advisory Board.

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Community Opening Reception with Performance by Rex Navarrete: Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 3 pmRex

Featured on Lopez Tonight and in the films Komik Organik and Hella Pinoy, Rex Navarrete is the premier Filipino-American stand-up comedian. Whether tracing the colonial history of the Philippines through Filipino cuisine, talking about the place of Filipinos in Latino culture, or lampooning figures in pop culture, Navarrete polished, accessible -- and very, very funny.

The Community Opening Reception also features the AAAB Youth Orchestra,  dancers from PUSO, and comedian Air Tabigue as Master of Ceremonies.

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Campus Opening Reception: Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 6 pm.

Featuring Featuring NYC hip-hop artist Koba; dance performance by members of PUSO; the AAAB Youth Orchestra; and comedian Kevin Nadal.



Smooth hooks, rapid rhymes, and radical politics merge in Koba's distinctive hip hop. Whether exploring the Occupy movement or riffing on Reading Rainbow, speaking about everyday heartbreak or the tragedy of Troy Davis, Koba is musically and lyrically adventurous, playful, and profound.


This performance is part of the Campus Opening Reception for Singgalot -- The Ties that Bind: Filipinos in America from Colonial Subjects to Citizens.

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 6:00PM

Kevin NadalKevin Leo Yabut Nadal, Ph.D., is a professor, psychologist, performer, activist, and author, who received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University in New York City. Currently, he is an associate professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice- City University of New York, where he is also the deputy director of the Forensic Mental Health Counseling Program. He is one of the leading researchers in understanding the impacts of microaggressions , or subtle forms of discrimination, on the mental and physical health of people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, and other marginalized groups. He has published over 30 works on multicultural issues in the fields of psychology and education. He is the author of the books Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice (2011, John Wiley and Sons) and Filipino American Psychology: A Collection of Personal Narratives (2010, Author House), a co-editor of Women and Mental Disorders (2011, Praeger), and the author of the forthcoming book That's So Gay: Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community (expected 2012, APA Books). He is an executive board member of the Asian American Psychological Association, the president of the metro New York Chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), a FANHS National Trustee, and a fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.    In 2011, he received the Early Career Award for Contributions to Excellence by the Asian American Psychological Association.

A California-bred New Yorker, Kevin is also a part-time comedian and spoken word artist who has performed across the United States since 2000. He was named one of People Magazine's hottest bachelors in 2006, he once won an argument with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” he has been featured on The Filipino Channel, PBS, the History Channel, HGTV, Philippine News, and Filipinas Magazine, and he was even once a "Hot Topic" on ABC's "The View." For more information, please visit

Exhibition Hours:

Monday-Friday: 10AM - 6PM

Saturday: 12PM - 5PM

Sunday: 12PM - 5PM

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