San Francisco Public Library

Black and Brown Images

9/04/10 - 10/31/2010

Main Library

International Center Exhibit Space - 3rd Floor

100 Larkin St.

An exhibit of political cartoons depicting how the U.S. public viewed African Americans and Filipinos during the Philippine American War (1899-1902) is on view on the Third Floor of the Main Library. These political cartoons from widely circulating magazines of the time period, illustrate how perceptions of African Americans were adapted and applied to Filipinos in order to justify United States annexation of the Philippines and the suppression of the Filipino revolution for independence. Co-sponsored by the African American Center and the Filipino American Center, the exhibit is curated by Abe Ignacio, co-author of The Forbidden Book: The Philippine-American War in Political Cartoons.

This display is in conjunction with the exhibition, Singgalot: The Ties That Bind, which celebrates 100 years of the Filipino American experience through a panel exhibition on view in the Jewett Gallery that includes over 100 photographs, images, and historical documents drawn from the National Archive, the Library of Congress, the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) and personal collections.

Developed by the Smithsonian Institution Asian Pacific American Program and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.  The national tour has been made possible by Farmers Insurance logotype and the Smithsonian Institution.

Photo courtesy of Filipinas Magazine