Author Gayle Romasanta and The Life of Filipino-American Larry Itliong

An Interview with the author of "Journey For Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong"

November 7, 2019

Who is Larry Itliong? Gayle Romasanta wants to tell you. In a recent children's book "Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong" the reader is invited on a journey into the life of a little known, but incredibly important Filipino-American figure.

Co-authored by Romasanta with Doctor Dawn Mabalon, this non-fiction account of Itliong's life as an immigrant and then a labor organizer and activist, details the Delano Grape Strike and Boycott that Cesar Chavez and the chicanx community are often credited with starting.

What their book brings to light is the influence of Filipino immigrants in the struggle for worker's rights, and specifically the role of Larry Itliong, a leading Filipino labor organizer who played an integral part in initiating the Delano strike, ultimately uniting the competing Filipino and Mexican unions under United Farm Workers (UFW) banner.

We had the privilege of having Romasanta in-studio along with Professor of Filipino Studies at Miramar College Dr. Judy Patacsil, for an in-depth conversation about the book, about Filipino history, and about the life and legacy of Larry Itliong.

Listen to the full interview below.