By Gabriela Baron
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) will now offer Pilipino Studies as a minor under the Asian American Studies (AASD) starting in the fall of 2020.
The Pilipino Studies Minor Program, open to undergraduates, will encompass a wide range of courses related to Filipino language, history, diaspora issues, anthropology, and geography.
“At the beginning of May, the UCLA Asian American Studies Department announced a new minor that many of us have organized and advocated for in the last 30 years — the Pilipino Studies minor!” UCLA announced on its website last week.
According to a report by Asian Journal, the Pilipino Studies Minor Program will offer “comprehensive social justice points of view and explore global Filipino community’s relationship with concepts,” such as capitalism, racism, colonialism, and politics.
The efforts of Filipino UCLA alumni were also acknowledged by the university.
“[F]rom the work to keep and expand culture and language classes in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, the groundwork in establishing the Pilipino concentration in Asian American Studies, to today! The multi-generational campaign for Pilipino studies made this possible, we must uplift all of our contributions,” it said in a statement.