Ownership, Access, and Authority: Publishing and Circulating Histories to (Re)Member Community

Terese Guinsatao Monberg


In gathering and circulating histories, the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) enacts both community publishing and self-publishing models, as they have been defined in literacy studies. As a community institution situated within a larger constellation of counterpublics and dominant publics that have often overlooked, erased, and/ or misrepresented their histories, forms of ownership, access, and authority are central to the purpose of FANHS. In this article, I share how two modes of community/self publishing1, historical tours and archival practices, serve to (re)member community and prompt further community-sponsored self-publishing projects. 

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