Uncovering the truth about my Filipino American family's repatriation to the Philippines

by Manette Trogani Snow



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/19/2023

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 500
ISBN : 9781665745628
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 500
ISBN : 9781665745635
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 500
ISBN : 9781665745611

About the Book

Manette Trogani Snow always wondered why her father, Martin “Pop” Trogani punished his children by forcing them to kneel on raw rice, arms outstretched, with a stack of books piled high on their hands. In a quest to understand why Pop treated Manette and her eleven siblings so horribly, she unearthed not only her own family’s hidden histories, but also a previously unknown chapter in US history about racism, immigration, and war.

In a fascinating memoir created from a twenty-five-year mission to excavate information from archives, articles, books, and interviews, Manette chronicles her journey through a childhood darkened by fear, brutality, secrets, and lies while detailing the story of her father’s family’s experiences as the only known survivors—despite being starved and tortured during the Japanese occupation of World War II—of an orchestrated campaign to expel them from the United States under the Filipino Repatriation Act of 1935. Included throughout are a treasure trove of personal and historic images, as well as additional insights obtained after the completion of Manette’s extensive research.

American Aswang intertwines the true story of a Filipino-American girl’s challenging coming-of-age journey with the often horrific experiences of her father’s family as they were repatriated to the Philippines.

About the Author

Manette Trogani Snow is a leading historian on the Filipino Repatriation Act. She speaks on the subject of repatriation, including lectures at various universities and the Filipino American National Historical Society. She is an award-winning writer, contributor to the National Pinoy Archives and a certified researcher for the National Archives. She and her husband, Andy live in Colorado with their two daughters, Lucy and Megan, along with Meg’s husband Zach and their granddaughter, Winter.