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VIDEO: Digital Delta program brings Stockton's Little Manila to life

Jun 25, 2018

Pacific's Digital Delta Project uses modern technology to preserve and present the history of minority cultures in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. 

The project's first subject has been Stockton's Little Manila community, which was once home to 15,000 people and was the largest Filipino community outside the Philippines. Starting in the late 1960s, however, the neighborhood was largely torn down to make way for the Crosstown Freeway. Residents scattered to the Bay Area and Sacramento, and by 1978, the Filipino-American population in Stockton dropped to just 5,000.

On June 15, a multi-disciplinary team of student fellows from history, computer science, graphic design and education unveiled to the Stockton community the new Little Manila Recreated virtual reality game they developed. The game includes recreations of street scenes and building interiors that show what life was life for Filipinos living in Stockton between the 1930s and 1950s.

The video below features members of the team talking about Little Manila and this summer's project. Read more and see other videos about the Digital Delta project.

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