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Research Methods on a Filipino Rascal: The Story of an Alaskero from Kodiak

  • Mountain View Library 120 Bragaw Street Anchorage, AK, 99508 United States (map)

Sponsored by Tundra Vision, Michele Miller, Anchorage Public Library, the Alaska Humanities Forum, and 4 Culture, Diane Rodill, an Artist Trust Literary Edge Alumna will discuss her research methods in making Filipino Rascal: The Story of an Alaskero from Kodiak.  While conducting research in Seattle, she came across a 1915 photograph of her father, Denis, participating in a 4th of July celebration at a salmon cannery in Larsen Bay, Alaska.  She had no idea what he was doing there, how he got there, how and when he left, and why he was wearing a dress!  Join us a Dr. Rodill shares her remarkable story of her "rascal" father, Denis, and his experience as a Filipino cannery worker - an Alaskero.  Dr. Rodill will discuss how she discovered this story and approached it as both a self-taught historian and a daughter.  She will share how solving her father's "silent" immigration story impacted her own identity as a Filipina - and an American.  Her takeaway: everyone has a story.  Dr. Rodill strongly encourages her audiences to write about their own journeys, and will share her methods on how to begin.