While conducting research in Seattle, Diane Rodill 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! Listen as Dr. Rodill shares her remarkable story of her “rascal” father and his experience as a Filipino cannery worker, and “Alaskero”. She will discuss how she discovered this story and approached it as both a self-taught historian and a daughter. She’ll also share how solving her father’s silent immigration story impacted her own identity as a Filipina – and an American.
- Diane Rodill is an emerging Seattle writer. She received a PhD from Temple University in 1984, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer/ Philippines 1985-1987. Her work has appeared in historical journals, bulletins, blogs, newspapers, radio interviews, social media, Peace Corps Worldwide, and Wing Luke and NYC Tenement Museums’ Your Story Our Story. Her pending historical biography, A Filipino Rascal, is her debut book.
RECORDED: Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Mountain View Community Room.
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