Thank you for visiting our digital archive and taking the time to listen to these narratives. I have curated and developed this space with care for my ancestors and family, distant relatives, and community members included in the archive. As an Art History and Government student at Georgetown University, I have been grateful to be supported as a Raines Fellow to develop this project.

This archive is the collective work of the Villapando, Reyes, Elegado, Samodal, Hayag, Obille families who have contributed images of their family and ancestors. I am thankful for their generosity and for sharing their stories with me.

I also want to acknowledge my advisor, Professor Bourland with the Georgetown Art History department, for his guidance and insight. I also want to express gratitude for my sister, Olivia, who is pursuing a PhD at Brown in English and developing similar, race-based memory work.

Importantly, I also want to recognize that my ancestor’s and those listed in the archive are not immigrants on neutral land. Their immigration paths to Southern California positions us and our family expansion on stolen Indigenous land. The photos included and taken in San Diego are photographed on Kumeyaay land, and those in Los Angeles are on Chumash, Tongva, and Kizh land. Acknowledgement of the Native land is just the start; the archive will be intentional about incorporating Indigenous narratives, especially recognizing the nuance of those Native to the Philippine Islands.

I would appreciate your feedback or additional thoughts. Please find my contact information below.

With gratitude,

Eliza Lafferty 


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