Book Talk and Conversations – Jose Antonio Vargas

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Book Talk and Conversations
Jose Antonio Vargas
Author, Dear America, Notes of An Undocumented Citizen
Anthony C. Ocampo, Ph.D.
Saturday, November 10, 2018 
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Philippine Expressions Bookshop 
479 W Sixth St., Historic Arts District, San Pedro, CA 90731
Everyday, national media gives us their perceptions of the undocumented people. 
Who are the undocumented people? Now, we will have a chance to listen first hand to one 
of them. 
Author Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winner, journalist, filmmaker and activist. 
He is also the co-founder & CEO of Define America, the nation’s leading non-profit media 
and culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power 
of storytelling. I quote from his book: “This is not about the politics of immigration. It is 
not about immigration at all.This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, 
but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like 
myself find ourselves in. It is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing 
as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and 
having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means 
to not have a home.” You might want to view this: and other youtube videos online.
The program will be moderated by Dr. Anthony Christian Ocampo. He is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, a Ford Foundation Fellow and author of The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race. His book will 
likewise be available for sale during the event. Giselle Tongi Walters will be the Host MC.
This is a ticketed event. Please order your tickets as soon as possible because seats are limited. 
Tel (310) 548-8148 or (310) 514-9139 or email: Cost: $35.00. Includes hardbound autographed copy of Dear America, sales tax included, and a catered reception by Chef Jean Cordero. $28.00 for students with valid school ID. $15.00 for 
Talk & Reception only. RSVP before Nov. 7th.
If you are unable to come or you are from out of state, but would like to order an autographed 
copy of the book, just call in your order and we will call you back. $28.00, includes cost of 
shipping & handling, and sales tax. Prepaid order must be received by Nov. 7th. 


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