Louisiana has a diverse Filipino community that includes eight-generation Filipino Americans and recent migrants. Filipinos have resided in Louisiana since at least 1807 and by some accounts in Saint Malo, La. as early as 1763. Filipino migrants continue to settle in the state where more than 10,000 current residents identify as Filipino and Filipino American and many more are descendants from early Filipino settlers.
Filipino La. seeks to preserve the heritage of Filipinos in the Bayou State.
- We develop projects for Filipinos to share photographs, stories, and histories.
- Through filipinola.com, we publish community photographs, videos, stories, and research and make them available to the public.
- We advocate for wider recognition of the history of Filipinos in Louisiana and the current contributions Filipinos make to the social and cultural fabric of the state.
Meet Our Team
Randy Gonzales is a 3rd and 4th generation Filipino American whose ancestors settled in New Orleans in the 1920’s. He is a Filipino American Studies scholar who founded Filipino La. to tell the story of Filipino migration and settlement in the state. An Assistant Professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Randy teaches Professional Writing and Asian American Studies. For more visit his website at www.gonzales22.com.
Filipino La. is supported by Filipino community members who share their stories, knowledge, and photographs. We are always looking for participants who are willing to be part of the project. Contact us if you want to be part of the team.