"Valley of the Heart"— a "memory play" drawn from the real-life experience of acclaimed playwright Luis Valdez — is the story of two families, the Yamaguchis and the Montaños, who bridge the divide of race and class only to face the explosive repercussions of the attack on Pearl Harbor and WWII.
From the fertile "Valley of Heart's Delight" in the foothills of Northern California's Santa Clara Valley in 1941 to Heart Mountain Internment Camp in Wyoming in 1945, "Valley of the Heart" projects history through a powerful new prism—the romance, heartbreak, and fight for survival of Teruko "Thelma" Yamaguchi and Benjamin Montaño, as they navigate uncommon family ties toward a turbulent uncertain destiny.
Produced in 2013 to critical and audience acclaim at El Teatro Campesino playhouse, "Valley of the Heart" returns for a second run by popular demand.
Playwright Luis Valdez talks about his personal history as the inspiration for "Valley of the Heart."
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October is Filipino American
It started about 25 years ago with the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), a nationwide network of 30 chapters promoting awareness about the history of Filipinos in America. In early 1991, the FANHS trustees approved a resolution to establish and promote October as Filipino American History Month to be celebrated throughout the United States and its territories.
FANHS members persisted in shepherding legislation to gain (California) state and national approval for this resolution. Finally in 2009, the California State Legislature and more importantly, the U.S. Congress adopted resolutions declaring October Filipino American History Month. From start to finish, it took some 18 years of hard work to make this resolution a reality.
What happened in October that involved Filipinos? Read more.
Celebrate Filipino American History!
The Akbayan Pilipino-American Organization of San Jose State University will host its 13th ANNUAL MA”BOO”HAY TALENT SHOWCASE featuring JEREMY PASSION, a benefit concert showcasing talents from the local community.