By Abraham Gabriel Pagtama | March 22, 2019
In the era of the 1930's a Mob of White Townsmen Natives tour through Watsonville, California for five days straight searching -- then the highest concentration of Filipinos at this time in the U.S.A. -- to find JULIO. JULIO is told to smile, work hard on the farm fields by day and pay a dime a dance into the night away despite facing discrimination along the way. Over 35,000 Filipinos in America at this time were mostly skilled farm workers recruited from the Philippines, used to counter the laziness, of whites and other ethnic groups. So Filipinos like JULIO, called the Manongs, “retired” them. Julio continues to spend money on dance tickets dancing with Joy bringing mounting tensions among local natives. Big Country Townsman challenges Julio to a dancing duel competition. Julio practices his fine dance steps to be the nights best during the towns outside riots at the Manila dance hall.
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