Hidden Communities: Chinese and Latino Agricultural Workers in the Bay Area

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May 18, 2023

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Los Altos History Museum
51 So. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA 94022

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Hidden Communities: Chinese and Latino Agricultural Workers in the Bay Area

Come together for conversations and reflections about local history on the third Thursday of every month. View our Permanent Exhibition in a relaxed setting, and enjoy wine and refreshments while interacting with neighbors.

In this first program, Dr. Perlita Dicochea, Chair of the Museum’s Diversity Advisory Committee, will moderate a conversation with fellow advisory members Connie Young Yu and Dr. Alexandro Jara on the history of Chinese and Latino agricultural workers in the Bay Area. Half Moon Bay’s Vice Mayor Joaquin Jimenez will share insights in wake of the tragic January 2023 shootings that occurred on two mushroom farms.

Perlita Dicochea earned her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from U.C. Berkeley. She holds a position as Environmental Specialist with SpecPro, and previously served as Communications Associate and Program Coordinator at Stanford University’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. She has written about agricultural communities and related environmental justice policies and taught at SCU, UCSD, and SJSU.

Alexandro Jara worked as Visiting Assistant Professor with the Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Department at Loyola Marymount University for the 2022-2023 academic year. He has worked as an Adjunct Instructor at Santa Clara University and with the Character Based Education Program at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 2022 in U.S. Latino Urbanism.

Connie Young Yu is author ofChinatown, San Jose, USA.” She was a founding member of Asian Americans for Community Involvement, Santa Clara County, Inc., and is a historical consultant for the Japantown development project in San Jose.

Joaquin Jimenez is the Farmworker Program Director for ALAS (Ayudando Latinos A Soñar), a non-profit organization whose vision is to help children and their families feel proud of their identity and culture and amplify their voices. He co-founded the Latino Advisory Council of Half Moon Bay, and serves as an advocate for farmworkers.

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