Bataan Legacy Presentation

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
McLaren Conference Center 250 - Venue
Event Type
Events and Lectures
Contact
Belda, Annmarie M
422-6543
Department
Philosophy

 Asian Studies & Yuchengo Philippine Studies Program
and Artis Mundi presents
The Legacy of Bataan
October 24, 2012, 3:30 PM, McLaren 250

This multi-media program will feature film clips with live narration by Cecilia Gaerlan, author of the World War II novel, In Her Mother’s Image. Also featured is a reading of a scene from the stage adaptation of In Her Mother’s Image to be performed by USF students. The highlight of the program will be the appearance of several Bataan veterans who will speak about their experiences during the war.

The price of peace was paid dearly by the defenders of Bataan. And yet, their place in history has been ignored, derided and even maligned. Despite the lack of training, meager resources and a broken promise from the United States that help was on the way, the men of Bataan fought a fierce and bitter battle that disrupted the timetable of the Japanese occupation enabling the Allied Forces to harness the resources that turned the tide of war in the Pacific. After the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942, around 63,000 Filipino and 12,000 American soldiers surrendered to the Japanese Imperial Army. Approximately 15,000 Filipino and 750 American soldiers, mostly sick and emaciated, died during the 60-mile march to their prison camp at Camp O’Donnell where more prisoners subsequently died. And yet, not even a year after the war ended, the benefits for the Filipino veterans under the U.S. Armed Forces of the Far East were rescinded by President Truman in 1946. To this day, these rights have not been fully restored nor their sacrifices honored.

The Bataan Legacy project is a series of projects aimed at spreading the legacy of the defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, particularly the Filipino veterans whose sacrifices during World War II have not been recognized in this country. For more information about the Bataan Legacy project, please visit www.ceciliagaerlan.com.

Admission is free. For more information about this event, please contact  Annmarie Belda at belda@usfca.edu.

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