STOCKTON — In the library at the University of the Pacific, seven students are working on a video game that takes you to a different time. It’s not ancient Rome or Paris in the 20’s.

It’s Stockton in the 1940’s. Little Manila, to be exact.

“At one time, Little Manila had the largest population of Filipinos outside of the Philippines in the world,” digital curator Joshua Salyers said. Thanks to a $15,000 grant from California Humanities, Salyers was able to work with the students for five weeks to make this virtual recreation as realistic as possible.

“Creating this exhibit and making sure the public can experience some aspect of this history is really important,” Salyers said. “It’s an important part of history.”

The team focused on the intersection of El Dorado Street and Lafayette Street, where Little Manila once stood. “It’s tough but it’s so much fun,” senior Keely Canniff said. Read more from…

thumbnail courtesy of