History of Filipino Americans

Supreme Court decision allowing Filipinos to own property
Filipino Americans in Hollywood nightlife in the 1940s. ©Image Attribution forthcoming. Image belongs to the respective owner(s).
1945 Jan 1

Supreme Court decision allowing Filipinos to own property

Supreme Court of the United St

Celestino Alfafara is celebrated in Filipino American history lore as the man who won “the California Supreme Court decision allowing aliens the right to own real property.” In the most recent conference of the Filipino American National Historical Society in Albuquerque, New Mexico in June 2012, “The Legacy of Celestino T. Alfafara” was the focus of the plenary on “Fighting Anti-Alien Property Laws”. Before Alfafara, the only way Filipinos could own property in California was if they collectively purchased it in the name of their fraternal organizations like the Caballeros de Dimasalang the Gran Oriente Filipino and the Legionarios del Trabajadores.


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