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Kain Tayo! Let's Eat! Learn about Filipino food and culture during interactive lecture

The Mabuhay Club of Hawai‘i Community College welcomes you to attend “Filipino Culture & Identity Through Food,” an interactive lecture featuring Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon. Dr. Mabalon will discuss how immigration, labor, and history have shaped Filipino food and how it has become a common point of reference for bridging our multicultural identity in Hawai‘i. Food will be prepared by the Hawai‘i CC Culinary Arts Program.

The event will take place Thursday, April 7 from 4-6 p.m. at the Hawai'i CC Manono Campus Cafeteria.

Reserve a Seat

Seating will be limited to 100 people. To reserve a seat, please RSVP by Monday, April 4. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Jeanne Batallones,

About the Featured Speaker

Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon was born and raised in Stockton, California, and is Associate Professor of history at San Francisco State University. Her teaching and research interests include race and ethnicity, 20th century U.S., California and the West, Asian American History/Studies, Philippine and Filipina/o American History, gender, community and family history, immigration, youth cultures, urban history, cultural and historic preservation in ethnic communities, food cultures and foodways.

She is co-founder of the Little Manila Foundation and serves as National Scholar on the Filipino American National Historical Society Board of Trustees. She is the author of Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California (Duke University Press, 2013). Her essay “As American as Jackrabbit Adobo: Cooking, Eating and Becoming Filipina/o American Before World War II,” was published in Eating Asian America, ed. Robert Ku, Anita Mannur, and Martin Manalansan (NYU Press, 2013). She grew up all around Filipino American food: three generations of her family worked in the agricultural fields of the San Joaquin Delta and the salmon canneries of Alaska. In Stockton, her grandfather Pablo Mabalon ran a Filipino restaurant, the Lafayette Lunch Counter, in Stockton's Little Manila from 1931-1983, her maternal grandfather ran a Filipino grocery store in the 1970s, and her maternal grandmother ran a home-based catering business.

This event is made possible through funds from the UHM Office of Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity (SEED) and the Hawai‘i Community College Division of Student Affairs & Student Activities Office. Organized by: The Hawai‘i CC Mabuhay Club in cooperation with the Culinary Arts Program. Co-sponsored by: Hālaulani Native Hawaiian Transfer Success Center, UHH Minority Access & Achievement Program (MAAP) & Hawai‘i CC Culture Club