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The mobile media tours of LA’s Historic Filipinotown (HiFi) were a  resounding success with the participation of scores of students, community activists, politicians, and members of the general public exploring the history of HiFi.  Participants followed the pathways of four immigrants through different periods in HiFi’s history on GPS-enabled Nokia Tablets and in an authentic Jeepney, a refurbished transport jeep from WWII.  The content was produced by Pdub youth, who worked with Public Matters, the Pilipino Workers’ Center, UCLA’s REMAP, and HyperCities, to produce the digital media tours. Check out the videos below and click here for a news story about the event.

Historic Filipinotown

The Jeepney

On Sat. Sept. 26 we are launching a series of four Mobile Media Guides to Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown. This is the culmination of Public Matters’ first year of Pdub Productions, our collaboration with The Pilipino Workers Center, HyperCities, Remap L.A,  USC, local youth and community members. And we have quite the event to wrap it up.
There are free walking tours btwn. 1-6 and then a big Barrio Fiesta fundraising party that evening at the Pilipino Workers Center, 153 Glendale Blvd.
Tour-goers will use GPS-enabled Nokia tablets to access audio, photos and maps that bring to life immigrant perspectives and time periods. Each guide features one central figure of the period but is augmented by many other personal stories of life in Historic Filipinotown or Los Angeles during the time period: a Filipino “Fountain Pen Boy” (1898-1945), a Filipino Farm Worker (1945-1965), a Latina Teen (1965- 2002), and a Filipina Caregiver (2002-present).
Highlights the day include:
High-tech meets history: Free Mobile Hi Fi Immigrant Guides Walking Tours from 1-6 pm
A jeepney returns to the U.S.: The world premiere of the Pilipino Workers Center Jeepney. It will be our largest piece of “mobile media” and actually will be tricked out to play the guides.
Celebrity Jeepney Tour: led by L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti at 1 pm.
A Barrio Fiesta fundraiser: from 6:30-9:30 including food, performances, music, an outdoor screening of the youth videos from the project, a raffle, and more.
Illustrations of jeepney parts by Emmy-winning animator and Simpsons Assistant Director Jess Espanola. Proceeds will keep the jeepney running!
Jeepney T-Shirts
* Pdub Productions Youth Media Screening: at the Barrio Fiesta
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