In this short video, Theo Gonzalves from the National Museum of American history, talks about musician Joe Bataan. Born in 1942, Joe grew up in Spanish Harlem, NY, the son of a Filipino immigrant father and an African American mother. He identified with Puerto Rican culture having grown up in the densely Puerto Rican populated community of Spanish Harlem. Drawing inspiration from the cultures that enveloped him, he helped create Latin Boogaloo, a music that reflected these different influences and gave voice to a whole community.
American history is multi-racial, multicultural, multi-linguistic. It comes from every corner you can think of.