Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes

Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes

The Legacy of Filipino American Labor Activism

Book - 2012
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Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes examines the lives of two slain cannery union reformers during the tumultuous Civil Rights Era of the 1970s. Author Ron Chew was a close friend of Gene and Silme, and his poignant prologue sets the stage for the story of their political awakening, the events that led to their tragic deaths, and the movement they nurtured. Through memories of family and friends, we learn about the men as second-generation Filipino Americans, as leaders, and as part of a generation striving to make America live up to its democratic ideals.

The book includes a history of Asian labor in the Alaska salmon-canneries written by Gene Viernes. He intended to publish this work to illuminate the contributions of cannery workers and the noble fight to create a union.

Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes provides rich insight into the roots of Asian American labor organizing and offers inspiration and wisdom for a new wave of activists.

Publisher: Seattle, WA : Alaskero Foundation in association with University of Washington Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780295991900
Branch Call Number: 331.8809 CHEW
Characteristics: 150 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.


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Jul 01, 2012

This gives a detailed picture of two young men determined to make a difference in their labor union and Asian community, as recalled by their colleagues. Very compelling reading about community activism, segregated life in the Alaskan salmon canneries, and conspiracies involving former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos. Silme and Gene were murdered in 1981 at their Seattle union hall after they began instituting reforms in their union.


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