"Love and Death in Depression Era Dance Halls" with Marivi Soliven

Because widespread anti-miscegenation laws forbade them from marrying American women, Filipino men sought out  female company in the taxi dance halls that proliferated throughout the country in the 30s and 40s. Church and civic groups deplored the presumed immorality of dance halls and  actively campaigned to shut them down. Join the Filipino & Philippine Studies Working Group for a talk by author Marivi Soliven on her new manuscript, The Rizal Dance Hall Murder. The novel is loosely based on an actual 1935 incident in San Diego's Stingaree District and portrays the struggles of Filipino immigrants as they strove to build lives in America in the face of systemic oppression and violence.

Marivi Soliven is a San Diego-based novelist. She has taught creative writing at the University of the Philippines, the Ayala Museum, and the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of The Mango Bridge, which earned the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award in Literature in 2011. Ms. Soliven has also written an anthology of essays on the Filipino Diaspora, entitled Suddenly Stateside, and a collection of feminist horror stories, Spooky Mo

Event details
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
341 Dwinelle, Level F/G