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Filipino Immigrants

According to the U.S. census, there are approximately 9 million people living in America who are of Asian descent. Twenty-three percent of that are of Chinese ancestry; 20% are Filipino; 12% are Asian Indian; and Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese each share about 10%. n San Diego County, Filipino Americans are the largest Asian Pacific Islander group. Yet as Filipino Americans, we are invisible to mainstream society. –Excerpt from CSU Chico link

Filipinos are the largest ethnic Asian group in California, Excerpt from “Americans of Filipino Descent”, UCLA

Alaskeros, CWFLU

Alaskeros, CWFLU, Photo Courtesy of ILWU

Cannery Workers’ and Farm Laborer’s Union paper, investigating the early history of the Cannery Workers’ and Farm Laborers’ Union and the sense of pride and fraternity within the Alaskero brotherhood that made the union possible. Much of the credit has to be given to the Filipino community. The workers believed in community and unity. The Cannery Workers’ and Farmers’ Union’s motto was “Unity is Strength.” This motto and spirit kept the union together after the death of its founders, Virgil S. Duyungan and Aurelio Simon. The union elected a new president and soon emerged stronger than before. The camaraderie and fraternity within this group of men helped them build a successful union, one of the first lasting organizations led by Asian American workers. – Excerpt from Cannery Workers’ and Farm Laborers’ Union 1933-39: Their Strength in Unity, by Crystal Fresco


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Ancestors in the Americas, Berkeley, Ca.: Center for Educational Telecommunications, 2 videos E29.06 A62

Bontoc Eulogy New York:, Cinema Guild, 1995. E184.F4. B66 1995

Dollar a Day, Ten Cents a Dance. San Francisco, CA: NAATA, 1995 E184 F4 D658 1995

Filipino Americans: Discovering Their Past for the Future FilipinoaNational Historical Society; Seattle, Wash: Distributed by Wehman Video Distribution, 1994. E184.F4 F554 1994


Alamar, Estrella Ravelo. Filipinos in Chicago. Charleston, Sc: Arcadia, 200l. E184 F4 A4 2001

Aquino, Valentin. The Filipino Community in Los Angeles. San Francisco: R and E Associates, 1974 F869 L89 F413 1974

Bautista, Veltisezar B. The Filipino Americans: from 1763 to the Present: Their History, Culture, and Traditions. Farmington Hills, MI: Bookhaus Pub. E184.F4 B38 1998

Borja, Mamaril, Concordia. Filipino Americans: Pioneers to the Present: based on the exhibit presented at the Oregon History Center, Portland, from June 5, 1997 to February 15, 1998 Portland, Or: Filipino American National Historical Society, Oregon Chapter, 2000. F885 F4 B67 2000.

Brainard, Celicia. Journey of 100 Years: Reflection on the Centennial of Philippine Independence. Santa Monica, Ca: Philippine American Writers & Artists.1999. DS685 J73 1999

Bucholdt, Thelma. Filipinos in Alaska, 1788-1958. Anchorage: Aboriginal Press, 1996. F915 F4 B83 1966

Cariaga, Roman R. The Filipinos in Hawaii: A Survey of Their Economic and Social Conditions. San Francisco: R and E Research Associates, 1974. DU624.7 F4 C37 1974

Chin, Doug. Seattle’s International District: the Making of a pan-Asian American Community. Seattle, Wa.: International Examiner Press, 2001 F899 S49 C44 2001

Churchill, Thomas. Triumph Over Marcos: a Story Based on the Lives of Gene Viernes & Silme Domingo, Filipino American Cannery Union Organizers, Their Assassination, and the Trial that Followed.Seattle, Wa: Open Hand Pub.1995 HD6515 C27 C48 1995

Cordova, Fred. Filipinos, Forgotten Asian Americans: a Pictorial Essay, 1763-circa 1963 Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Pub Co., 1983 E184 F4 C67 1983

DeWitt, Howard. Anti-Filipino Movements in California: a History, Bibliography and Study Guide. San Francisco: R And E Research Associates, 1976. F870 F4 D48 1976

Kim, Hyung-chan. The Filipinos in America, 1898-1974: a Chronology & Fact Book. Dobbs Ferry, NY. Oceana Publications, 1976. E184 F4 K55 1976

Letters in Exile:an Introductory Reader on the History of the Pilipinos in America: a Project of Resource Development and Publications, UCLA ASIAN American Studies Center. Los Angeles: The Center, 1977 E184 F4 L48 1976

Mariano, Honorante. The Filipino Immigrants in the United States.San Francisco, R and E Associates, 1972 E184 F4 M36 1972

Melendy, H. Brett Asians in America: Filipinos, Koreans, and East Indians. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1977

Pinoy, the First Wave, 1898-1941. San Francisco: Strawberry Hill Press, 1977. DU624.7 F4 P56 1977

Posadas, Barbara The Filipino Americans. Westport: Conn.:Greenwood Press, 1999. E184 F4 P67 1999

Santos, Bob. Hum bows, not hot dogs!: memoirs of a savvy Asian

American activist. Seattle, Wash. : International Examiner Press, c2002.F899 .S49 F4 2002

Scharlin, Craig. Philip Vera Cruz, a Personal History of Filipino Immigrants and the Farmworkers Movement. Seattle: University of Washington Press. HD 6515 A292 U5457 2000

Steoff, Rebecca. In the Heart of Filipino America: Immigrants from the Pacific Isles. New York: Chelsea House, 1994 E184 F4 T34 1994

Vallangca, Caridad Conception. The Second Wave: Pinay & Pinoy (1945-1960). San Francisco, Ca: Strawberry Hill Press, 1987. E184. F4 V35 1987

Wallovits, Sonia Emily. The Filipinos in California. San Francisco, R and E Associates, 1972. F870 F5 W34 1972


The Centers for Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley and UCLA are committed to:

  • strengthening training in the major languages of Southeast Asia in conjunction with area studies training in the field;
  • supporting graduate and undergraduate teaching, research, outreach;
  • sponsoring community activities related to Southeast Asia and Southeast Asians.

Center of Philippine Studies, University of Hawaii, Manoa: The Center for Philippine Studies (CPS) was originally established as a Program in 1975 by an Act of the Hawai’i State Legislature to recognize the contributions of Filipinos to the history of Hawai’i and to highlight the academic expertise on the Philippines at the University of Hawai’i. It is the only such center in North America and an internationally recognized source of broad and specialized expertise on a country and people that have had long historical links with the US and the Asia-Pacific region.

Cornell University, The Southeast Asia Program, is designated as NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER (NRC) by the United States Department Education. As such, the Program is nationally prominent in promoting advanced foreign language training, area and international knowledge in the liberal arts and applied discipline focused on Southeast Asia. SEAP successfully trains undergraduate and graduate students who distinguish themselves in universities, area study centers, businesses, banks, foundations, governments and multinational agencies both in the US and abroad. It offers outreach to regional K-12 and Post-secondary schools/teachers and is known for its academic publications focused on the region.

Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Northern Illinois University: The Center for Southeast Asian Studies was established in 1963 at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Located 65 miles west of Chicago, Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate university with approximately 23,000 students. A federally funded National Resource Center since 1997, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies provides leadership, focus, and coordination for Southeast Asian studies at the university. It also provides outreach and K-12 teacher training for communities throughout northern Illinois.

Southeast Asian Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington: The Southeast Asia Center promotes and sustains the study of Southeast Asia and encourages understanding of Southeast Asia in the Pacific Northwest and the nation. We pursue this mission by offering language study and courses in various disciplines that focus on Southeast Asia. Southeast Asian languages offered on a regular basis by the University of Washington include Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese as well as the self-study of Burmese. The Southeast Asia Center actively organizes Southeast Asia-related programs such as teacher training, outreach activities and an accessible resource library that includes: print materials, microfilm, maps, and instructional media materials. These activities of the Center are assisted by funding from the University of Washington and the U.S. Department of Education.

Philippine American Collegiate Endeavor: The history of the Philippine American Collegiate Endeavor and its role in the 1968 San Francisco State College Student Strike provides a glimpse of the impact of the 1960s on Asian Americans, especially Filipino Americans and their involvement in various socio-political movements at the time. PACE involvement in the strike not only produced lasting effects on the Filipino American community and in post secondary education, but foreshadowed the emergence of Filipino American student activism and organizing to come. -more

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