In 2002, a book of short stories and vignettes had a catchy title, “Seven Card Stud with Seven Manangs Wild.” It was from a story written by Vangie Buell and included in the anthology. In her mid-70s, Buell is “a living historical gem” herself: Her grandfather is a Buffalo Soldier, the nickname given by Native Americans in the 19th century to Negro soldiers who fought in the Indian wars. During the outbreak of the Spanish-American War at the turn of the 20th century, Grandfather Ernest Stokes was one of the 6,000 Buffalo Soldiers sent to the Philippines to quell the insurrection. He stayed behind, married a Filipina (Buell's grandmother) and started a family.
"Twenty-Five Chickens …" recounts her grandfather's experience, as well as her own. She grew up in West Oakland during the 1930s and '40s exposed to the racial slurs. She became accustomed to the signs, “No Filipinos and dogs allowed.” What her memoir conveys is her survival in a strange and hostile American city.
The Bride Anthology
by Patria Rivera
25 Chickens and a Pig for the Bride
by Evangeline Canonizado Buell
Not at the Table, Please!
By Quirico S. Samonte, Jr.
SCRATCH THE NEWS
Filipino Americans In Our Midst
by Cristina D.C. Pastor
On the Presence of Filipinos in the United States
by E. San Juan, Jr.