This collection contains oral history
interviews collected by the Watsonville is in the Heart (WIITH) research team that chronicle
the lives of the descendants of the
manong (older brother) generation of
Filipino agricultural workers who settled in the Pajaro Valley of Central California in the
early twentieth century.
Founded in 2020, Watsonville is in the Heart (WIITH) is a community-driven public history
initiative to preserve and uplift stories of Filipino migration and labor in the city of
Watsonville and greater Pajaro Valley of Central California. The initiative seeks to create
a new archive documenting the plight, struggles, vitality, and resilience of the
manong (older brother) generation of Filipino migrants who first settled in
the Pajaro Valley in the early twentieth century. The project is spearheaded by Dioscoro
"Roy" Respino Recio, Jr. (b. April 19, 1968), the founder of the Watsonville community
organization, The Tobera Project, in partnership with the University of California, Santa
Cruz (UCSC). The project team is composed of UCSC professors Dr. Kathleen "Kat" Cruz
Gutierrez and Dr. Steven McKay; UCSC graduate and undergraduate students Christina Ayson
Plank, Meleia Simon-Reynolds, Nicholas Nasser, and Toby Baylon; and community members Amanda
Gamban and Olivia Sawi.
18 digital audio files
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