Amerasian Photography Project: Blog en-us Copyright (C) 2014-2015 Enrico Dungca (Amerasian Photography Project) Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:28:00 GMT Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:28:00 GMT Amerasian Photography Project: Blog 94 120 New York Foundation for the Arts The proposed photography book, "The Forgotten Americans" was recently chosen by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to be in its Fiscal Sponsorship program. Established by the New York States Council of the Arts in 1971, NYFA's purpose is to work with artists and the art community throughout the United States to expand and promote programs in all disciplines. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation, and under the Internal Revenue Service governance, it qualifies as tax-exempt. NYFA will receive grants on behalf of The Forgotten Americans, ensure the use of grant funds in accordance with the grant agreement, and will program financial reports as required.

The Amerasian Photography Project creator, Enrico Dungca, is honored to be supported by the NYFA. 

New York Foundation for the Arts

(Amerasian Photography Project) #amerasians #arts #forgotten #newyorkfoundationforthearts #nyfa #photography Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:25:16 GMT
Filipino children of U.S. troops have mixed feelings on American return by Emily Rauhala Published in The Washington Post, May 15, 2016

Filipino children of U.S. troops have mixed feelings on American return

(Amerasian Photography Project) #amerasian #edca #enricodungca #filipino #forgotten #photography #thewashingtonpost Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:35:51 GMT
America's Forgotten Children Published in Huffington Post, April 20, 2016


America's Forgotten Children

(Amerasian Photography Project) Wed, 17 Aug 2016 01:27:36 GMT
The Forgotten Amerasians. Open City Magazine Published by Open City Magazine. February 11, 2016

The Forgotten Amerasians

(Amerasian Photography Project) Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:09:29 GMT
The Forgotten Americans: Meet the Abandoned Children of U.S. Military Servicemen Abroad Published in Pixel Magazine, November 19, 2015.

The Forgotten Americans: Meet the Abandoned Children of U.S. Military Servicemen Abroad - Pixel Magazine

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"Where is my father?" Online article published in the Global Nation section of on October 4, 2015. 

'Where is my father?'


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Enrico Dungca's The Amerasian Photography Project: The Forgotten Americans The first online write up about the Amerasian Photography Project is authored by Mark Ramone Go on August 5, 2015. Click link below for the complete article. 

Enrico Dungca's The Amerasian Photography Project: The Forgotten Americans - Resource Magazine





(Amerasian Photography Project) #amerasians #filipino #forgotten #photography Tue, 03 Nov 2015 01:55:27 GMT
John Nicole's Story

March 2014, Angeles City, Philippines.

I asked John Nicole, a blonde boy wandering the slums of Angeles City if he knows where his father

lives. He replies in Tagalog, “Hindi ko po alam (I don’t know where my father is).” His hazel-colored,

almond-shaped eyes speak trouble. Forced to live in a packed hut with relatives and rodents, I am concerned

about the sanitation issues in his physical environment and the impact on his health and future. A young

citizen who may not be granted proper education, his mother’s plea for the father’s return may be the only

lucky card that will bring light and conviction to his deplorable living status. John is only 6 years old, and like

many underage Amerasians living in the Philippines, he has very little hope.

(Amerasian Photography Project) Filipino amerasians forgotten Mon, 09 Mar 2015 09:41:46 GMT
The Inspiration by Enrico Dungca It began in Angeles City, Philippines with a brief encounter with a stranger who had the looks of mixed Asian and Caucasian facial features. He introduced himself as an “Amerasian” - a child born to a Filipino mother and a U.S. serviceman. The stranger gave me a little background about him - how he lived his life since he was abandoned by his father, his struggle to self-identity, racism, and discrimination in a very conservative Catholic country. 

The conversation lingered in my head all the way to New York City, and my heart was compelled to share the young man’s story to the world. With my passion in photography, I immediately dived in the idea of exploring the power of imagery and use it as a tool to convey my message. But first I needed to learn more about the Amerasian issue surrounding the Philippines. With the abundance of written articles and blogs online, I landed in a New York Times OpEd  piece - written by a Yale Law School student, Christopher M. Lapinig - an article that fed me with sufficient information and pushed me even further to take on a very important project. 

There are about 50,000 (maybe more) Filipino Amerasians abandoned by their military fathers. Most of whom suffer stigma, racial discrimination, and bullied in their own society because of their “unique looks.” A high percentage of these ostracized citizens live in the margins of poverty and in squalor communities. Some have accepted their fate, while others are still hopeful in meeting their fathers - a chance that might be slim to none.

It was learning of the Public Law 97-359 (Amerasian Immigration Act) that exasperated me and became more eager to dedicate my passion in helping the Amerasian children. The law was signed in October 1982 which allowed abandoned Amerasian children born in Laos, Kampuchea, Vietnam, Thailand and South Korea to enter the United States through a special immigration aid. The archipelago hosted two of the major air and naval bases outside the United States - Clark Air Force Base and Subic Naval Base for more than 50 years. Though the Philippines and Japan were originally included in the Act's list of countries, there were deleted the last minute. To date, it remains a mystery why Congress excluded the Philippines from the Act which makes me believe that these children were unfairly discriminated.

It’s documented in the History of Photography that images have made a difference in the world. The works of photographers such as Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Walker Evans, Jack Delano are just a few examples. Their photographs were essentially employed as tools for social change and reform. It may be an ambitious approach but I hope my photographs will be framed as instruments in having the stranded Filipino Amerasians gain social and political recognition in the United States. Thus, my journey continues. 

To the stranger I met in Angeles City, thank you for sharing your life story with me, and I hope I can return the favor by sharing your story and the rest of Amerasians’ stories to the world. 

God bless.


(Amerasian Photography Project) Filipino amerasians forgotten Tue, 03 Feb 2015 00:06:33 GMT
"Left By The Ship" - a film by Emma Rossi Landi and Alberto Vendemmiati The documentary follows the lives of four young Filipino Amerasians as they struggle to find their sacred place in their own community. Charlene Rose, JR, Robert, and Margarita battle against the racial discrimination as they try to find their own identities in a very conservative society. They are the children of Filipino mothers and U.S. servicemen - who were forced to leave the archipelago when the military bases closed in 1992.

Watch "Left By The Ship" and learn how these children find acceptance in both their paternal roots and in their own community. 

Stigmatized and Shunned, Filipino Amerasians Seek... | Video | Independent Lens | PBS


(Amerasian Photography Project) Filipino amerasians forgotten left by the ship Thu, 15 Jan 2015 02:16:37 GMT
My First Blog: "The Forgotten Amerasians" In the early stage of the Amerasian Photography Project, I needed to gather facts, statistics, and information that would be helpful in the structure and in the project's foundation. This article written by OpEd Contributor, Christopher M. Lapinig for the NY Times, published in May 2013, is the most informative piece that I found throughout my research and elevated my inspiration in shining some light to the Filipino Amerasians' struggle for legal recognition by the U.S. government. I invite you to read this very important article. 


Thank you. 

Enrico Dungca

(Amerasian Photography Project) New York Times amerasian filipino forgotten Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:22:48 GMT