Washington state to honor Filipino American contributions

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal grant will provide Washington state with funding to identify, document and commemorate contributions from its Filipino American community. The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation says in a statement that the project is part of its initiative to commemorate all underrepresented communities in the state. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the program is aimed at recording oral histories, identifying primary source documents and recognizing important sites and buildings relevant to Filipino Americans in the area. The 2010 census says Washington state has the fifth highest concentration of Filipino Americans in the country.