The Center supports Filipino Studies research by advancing the work of affiliated faculty, doctoral students, and undergraduates at UC Davis, as well as community scholars of Filipino Studies. Currently, we are working with community-based organizations and a group of Filipino Scholars from across the country to develop a National Survey of Filipinx and Filipinx American Health and Well-Being. Because the Center is inspired by the work of writer, migrant worker, and activist Carlos Bulosan, much of our research focuses on the histories and experiences of the most marginalized, underserved, and vulnerable members of the Filipino community, including farmworkers, trafficking victims, and the undocumented. The Center also plans to support Filipino Studies research through bibliographic compilations of studies, reports, essays, and publications pertaining to the broad aspects of Filipinx and Filipinx American historical and contemporary issues.
Created during the Welga Project phase, the Welga Filipino American Archive and Repository (Welga Digital Archive) functions as the Bulosan Center's informational repository. The digital archive is online and completely free for researchers. Currently, the collections primarily consists of Filipino American labor history.
The Bulosan Center hosts a yearly conference, starting with last year's the inaugural conference that hosted undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and community researchers. The conference brings Filipinx American academics, activists, and community members together to present and discuss broad research topics including immigration and migration, resistance against patriarchal norms and forces within the Filipinx community, transnationalism, the politics and cultures of Filipinx communities, Queer and LGBT issues within the Filipinx community, issues of education and activism in regards to the Filipinx communities, health and health policy, Filipinx and Filipinx-American hxstories, narratives, and movements.
To learn more about the upcoming 2020 Research Conference, click here.