Agtang (Lorraine) Oral History Interview

Title

Agtang (Lorraine) Oral History Interview

Subject

Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee [lcna]
Filipino American migrant agricultural laborers [lcsh]
Grape Strike, Calif., 1965-1970 [lcsh]
Labor union welfare funds [lcsh]
Retirees [lcsh]
United Farm Workers [lcna]
United Farm Workers Organizing Committee [lcna]

Description

Lorraine Agtang was a UFW organizer during the 1970s and served the first manager for Agbayani Village. In this oral history interview, Lorraine recounts her early experiences as a farmworker, along with her experiences in both the 1965 Delano Grape Strike and the 1973 Grape Strike.

Creator

Welga! Filipino American Labor Archives

Publisher

University of California, Davis. Asian American Studies Department. Welga Filipino American Labor Archives.

Date

March 17, 2014

Rights

The Welga! Filipino American Labor Archives and the UC Davis Asian American Studies department holds intellectual control of the oral history interview, transcript and audio recordings. Usage is restricted for educational purposes only.

Language

English

Interviewer

Allan Jason Sarmiento

Interviewee

Lorraine Agtang

Location

Sacramento, California

Finding Guide

Interview Finding Guide for Oral History of Lorraine Agtang

[0:00-10:00]

Place of birth in 1952 – father’s occupation as a migrant worker – mother’s immigration into the United States – parents meet and Arizona, marry, and relocate to Delano – growing up in East Delano – ethnic relations in East Delano

[10:01-20:00]

Ethnic relations in the fields– farm work at an early age– first experiences with farmworker activism– 1965 Grape Strikes and the Agricultural Workers Organizing (AWOC) Committee – early strikebreakers – joint strike with the National Farmworkers Association (NFWA) – Delano’s Filipino Community on strike – working with the United Farm Workers (UFW)

[20:01-30:00]
Working at 40 Acres and Agbayani Village – decline of Filipino-Americans in union participation – The 1973 Strike and Teamsters – Filipinos in the Teamsters – ethnic tensions during AWOC-NFWA merger – Paul Agbayani’s death during the ’65 strike

[30:01-40:00]
Pre-UFW strikes: Filipino farmworkers and “wildcat strikes” – wildcat strikes and the 1965 grape strike – Filipino farmworkers after the boycott – Agbayani Village and Asian students – deaths during the strike – Lorraine’s experience in the 1973 Grape Strike – working at the Rodridgo Terronez Memorial Clinic

[40:01-50:00]
Working at the Rodridgo Terronez Memorial Clinic – construction of Agbayani Village– interactions with Manongs, Agbayani Village workers, and students – first manager of Agbayani Village – The Manongs daily life at Agbayani Village – Philip Vera Cruz –

[50:01-01:00:00]
Cesar Chavez’ visit to the Philippines – working as a UFW labor organizer – post-’65 strike Filipino families in Delano –

[01:00:01-01:10:00]
Supporting Filipino-American Farmworker History – Assembly Bill 123 – Legacy in Filipino-American Farmworker History

Files

Lorraine Agtang Interview Transcript.pdf

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Date Added
April 7, 2014
Collection
Welga Farmworker Oral History Collections
Item Type
Oral History
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Citation
Welga! Filipino American Labor Archives, “Agtang (Lorraine) Oral History Interview,” Welga Project Digital Archive and Repository, accessed December 17, 2017, http://welgadigitalarchive.omeka.net/items/show/1.