Direct inquiries to The National Office
National Federation of Filipino American Associations
1444 N St., NW, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 986-9330 (W) (202) 478-5109 (Fax)
There is sparse information on Filipino-American demographics. For sheer numbers, try the cold lead figures in the Census. There is no existing reportage, analysis or survey of Filipino American communities. This is not a definitive study but it is a first. It is an attempt to map out and profile Filipino American communities as they relate to cultural stewardship and how it influences the growth of performing arts and how this cultural growth enhances community development.
The report is divided into 4 parts: a highlighted summary of the growth and direction of Filipino American performing arts and recommendations for the future; theoretical and historical contexts of Filipino American performing arts; a profile and analysis of youth involvement in the university event called Philippine Cultural Nights (PCNs) in California universities; and finally a sweeping study of immigrant communities, how and why they are formed, from social clubs, regional clubs to unifying movements with the mission of empowerment for Filipino American communities. The section highlights reasons for cultural / religious traditions Filipinos choose to sustain while abroad, and the spreading power of family-oriented activities in spawning heritage classes, language schools, dance groups and the ubiquitous rondallas.
Included in this 150-page study are profiles of selected communities, lists of cultural groups, annual festivals and Filipino community centers in various cities. (ngr)