During WWII, my grandfather, Juan Madamba, was one of many Filipinxs to join guerrilla regiments fighting for the United States, with the promise of US citizenship and full veteran’s benefits to those who enlisted. However following the war in 1946, Congress passed the Rescission Act, which stripped these Filipinx veterans not only of their benefits, but of their honor and place in history as well. This portrait is a small way of honoring the role that my grandfather and others like him played in an overlooked part of a major event in our history.
It’s a reminder of the risks immigrants have taken to gain a pathway to citizenship while also recognizing a precedent for the injustices faced by migrants who serve this country today. Without the work of immigrants, the United States would not be the country that it is now.