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Filipino Activism at UC Berkeley, Protests on Racist Library Displays

B. Fadrigon

UC Berkeley School of Information Qualitative Research

As of 2019, about four million Filipinos live in the United States with the cities that have the largest Filipino population, both Los Angeles (#1) and San Francisco (#2) being in California.


The Filipino diaspora being situated in high concentrations very close to campus gave a unique opportunity to ethnographically study this population’s involvement with issues that lie outside of their present situation and identity.


Their unique placement at UC Berkeley. Student activists in the Philippines often face issues of criticism and danger, sometimes at the hands of their own government, led me to pursue this project.

Main Research Questions

What Filipino activism occurs on campus?

What other layered identities does Filipino activism attract?

What are the rituals and processes behind Filipino activism on campus?

Ethnographic Methods

Findings and Figures

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Figure 1. Journey Map of two Filipino Students at UC Berkeley

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Figure 2. Racist Items on Display at Doe Library, UC Berkeley

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