Filipino American History Month celebrates the significant role Filipinos have played in American history. Officially recognized by Congress in 2009, the month is celebrated in October to commemorate the first recorded landing of Filipinos in America in 1587. Filipino Americans are the second largest Asian American group in the United States and have a history of living in Alaska going back over 200 years. Known as “Alaskeros,” they were instrumental in working the canning industry and helping unionize cannery workers. Today Filipino Americans make up one of the largest ethnic groups in Alaska.
The Filipino American History Month theme for 2020 is The History of Filipino American Activism, highlighting the myriad ways Filipino Americans have participated in social justice movements. This guide provides a sampling of the variety of materials the Consortium Library has on Filipino American history. For more information or for help in locating materials, please contact a librarian.
For more information on Filipino American History Month events visit the UAA Diversity website.
Celebrating the YOU in UAA!
A Filipino American Story is an animated video highlighting the history of Filipino Americans since 1587 and how they paved the way for the current generation shaping the future today.