Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project

During WWII, no nation showed more commitment or, with the exception of Poland, experienced more devastation than the Philippines. Yet we as Americans know very little about their sacrifice. Very few of us know that instead of providing those who served the rights and benefits promised to them as veterans, the U.S. government turned its back on these brave men and women.

Only after decades of activism, lobbying efforts and legal battles have these veterans received recognition with a Congressional Gold Medal. And just a fraction actually received the benefits denied them for decades.

The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP) engaged Night Kitchen Interactive to lead a strategic planning process to envision a national online education resource. In consultation with Filipino and American veterans, history scholars and activists, Night Kitchen and FilVetREP compiled a project plan that outlines an Online Exhibition, an Oral History Project, a Graphic Novel and a For Educators curriculum resource for educators and students. Both the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center continue to consult on the project.

To promote the project and build commitment from partners and funders, we launched Duty to Country, a modest website to act as a teaser of what is to come. It is the first of a multi-phased project, for which we produced a short film, hours of oral history interviews and a preliminary online exhibition. As the project develops we will continue to transform the online presence into a robust educational resource for the general public, educators and students.