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    Perlas ng Austin: A Celebration of the Central Texas Filipino Community through the Arts is a unique revisitation of the fall/winter 2020 exhibit, Perlas ng Austin: The Pearls of Austin: A Celebration of the Central Texas Filipino Community. Its original Filipino-American Curators, Susan Fifer and Tonee Sinsay-Carpio (in collaboration with the Austin Filipino-American Association (AFAA), the Asian American Resource Center, and the Austin History Center's Asian American Community Archives Program) reclaimed the term, “The Pearl of the Orient" (a Spanish colonial phrase applied to the Philippines in the 1700s), to describe Austin’s local Filipino-American community. This exhibit featured a physical assemblage and a virtual showcase of archival images, documents, cultural items, and memorabilia from the AFAA Records (AR.2011.019), Susan Fifer Papers (AR.2012.029), Filipino-related Austin Files at the Austin History Center, and individuals from the Filipino community to detail the history and vibrancy of Central Texas’ Filipino-American Community.

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