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The bookshop dedicated to Filipino Americans in search of their roots.

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Book Talk and Conversations with Jose Antonio Vargas


Come and join us for an evening of inspiring conversations and interesting company!

Book Talk and Q&A with

Jose Antonio Vargas

Author, Dear America:  Notes of An Undocumented Citizen

Founder and CEO, Define American

Moderated by

Anthony C. Ocampo, PhD

Saturday, November 10, 2018

5:00 - 8:00 PM

Ticketed event. 

$35.00, includes an autographed hardbound copy of Dear America, sales tax included, 

plus a catered reception by Chef Jean Cordero. 

$28.00  Student with valid school ID 

$15.00 Talk & Reception only

Limited seats.  Please RSVP by November 7.

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is the founder and CEO of DEFINE AMERICA, the nation's leading non-profit media and culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. 

"This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can't. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home." 

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About Us

In 1984, Philippine Expressions Bookshop was established in Los Angeles as a mail-order bookshop dedicated to Filipino Americans in search of their roots. In 1989, we opened a brick and mortar bookshop in the old Jewish Quarter on Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, between Robertson and La Cienega. As a specialty bookshop, we promoted only materials relevant to the Philippines and Filipino Americans. 

However, in 1992, the bookshop's roof was damaged during a major storm in LA. Thus, the bookshop closed its doors, but continued its operation via mail-order in Westwood. In 1996, the business moved to Rancho Palos Verdes. In July 2016, we reopened as a brick and mortar bookshop in  the Historic Arts District, San Pedro, CA. 

The Bookshop has provided a home for Philippine writings in America and has pioneered in promoting Philippine books in the US for the last 35 years. We host regular publication parties, book talks, lectures on Philippine culture by visiting Filipino scholars, poetry readings during the National Poetry Month in April, and other literary soirees. Annually, we celebrate Pinay Gathering to honor the writings of Filipino women during the International Women's History Month in March. For seventeen years, we participated in the LA Times Festival of Books (LATFB), at the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the University of Southern California (USC). Over the years, the Bookshop has supported various community events: the LA Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC); the biennial conference of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS). We also participated in the Filipino American Book Festival at the San Francisco Public Library in October 2011 and 2013.

And now, our new bookshop in San Pedro is ready to serve you. Mabuhay!

479 W 6th Street, Suite 105, San Pedro, CA 90731

(310) 514-9139



Thursday and Friday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

First Thursdays during the San Pedro Artwalk:  3:00pm - 8:00pm

Third Saturdays Artwalk, 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Other days and time by appointment only.

Sunday: Closed