Call for Submissions: Filipino American National Historical Society Journal

The Filipino American National Historical Society Journal is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed annual journal that publishes, disseminates, and promotes research related to Filipino American history. The journal publishes research by community-based and academic historians, as well as personal histories.

From the editors:

FANHS Journal, Volume 12, 2024 is calling for submissions that focus on the theme of “Building Bridges” with a deadline of March 25, 2024. This issue carries forward the themes from Volume 10 and 11, “Collaborating with Our Ancestors” by drawing on Uncle Fred’s 1996 signature article “The Bridge Generation and Building Bridges ” (FANHS Journal, 1996, Vol. 4).

We envision this volume will reflect the theme of “Building Bridges” through both the content itself and the means through which contributors and editors have collaborated to create that content. “Bridges” calls forth the Bridge Generation, second-generation Filipino Americans born before 1945, who have been foundational to FANHS and to Filipino American history. The theme of “bridging” will highlight the contributions of the Bridge Generation while also making connections to the histories and contributions of multiple generations that have continued to emerge as “bridges” in the post-1945 eras of Filipino American history.  

Uncle Fred’s 1996 article reminds us that “The Bridge Generation was born between 2 World Wars and the [Great] Depression in the middle[,] during that harrowing period of American history into a Pinoy community, always in a state of acculturation…” How have similarly “harrowing periods” or significant local, national, global, and transnational events shaped the histories of Filipino Americans born after 1945? What patterns and contrasts might we see across our diverse histories? In the spirit of being expansive of the many bridges we are building, and the multiple generations born and raised in the post-1945 period of U.S. History, we invite people to submit articles that resonate with the theme of “building bridges.”

Contributions to this volume may encompass building bridges across:

  • Multiple generations and collaborations that pair wisdom with youth voice
  • Academic and community approaches to telling our histories and stories
  • Diverse experiences and stories of growing up Brown
  • Past FANHS Journal articles and present day context
  • Geographic diversity
  • Ideas and action

The editors would be particularly excited to see contributions that address histories in the following areas:

  • Filipino language and cultural program(s) in the United States
  • Influxes of Filipinos post-1965
  • 1.5, 3rd, 4th, and later generations of Filipino Americans
  • Visual or performing arts and artists
  • Solidarity and organizational activism
  • Anti-Martial Law movements based in the United States

Finally, we welcome contributions in multiple formats and modalities, including:

  • Written work (e.g., essays, poems, articles)
  • Visual work (e.g., photo essays, prints and other artistic work, video)
  • Mixed modalities (e.g., pictorial essays, zines)
  • Audio (e.g, recorded monologues, abridged oral histories with an accompanying article)

For more information, please see the Author Guidelines.

Whether you are submitting a written, visual, or audio contribution, we are looking for contributions that address the following sections:

 Type of contributionDescription or ExampleSuggested word count
ArtworkArtwork used for the cover or design throughout the FANHS Journal (i.e. photography, visual art, multimedia images)1 page or less 250 words
Collaborating with our Ancestors Tributes and dialogues between past and presentTributes paid to those who have passed and a space for intergenerational conversations between authors of today and classic pieces around enduring issues.  5-10 pages 1250-2500 words
Talk Stories Stories and oral histories  Written conversation or transcription of an oral history/interview of a single person or multiple people. Edited transcription of question-and-answer interview (the full transcription and recording of the interview can be archived with FANHS National).  10-15 pages 2500-3750 words
 Community Research Personal or community research in context  Personal histories, short anecdotes, or community stories situated in larger historical and social contexts.  5-15 pages 1250-3750 words
Academic Article Original scholarship of research or theoryArticle sharing original research or theory, connected to larger research conversations.15-25 pages 3750-6250 words
Reviews Critical assessment of books, films and resources  Reviews and shares publications, books, films, resources related to Filipino American history (full listings can be shared on FANHS website).2-5 pages 500-1250 words
FANHS in Action Contributions that Move Community ForwardPieces that highlight enacting the mission or goals of FANHS, resources and strategies for connecting and activism.2-5 pages 500-1250 words

For more information or questions, please contact

Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Journal

About the Journal

The Filipino American National Historical Society Journal is the only journal devoted exclusively to the identification, gathering, preservation, and dissemination of Filipino American history and culture in the U.S. Learn more here.

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March 25, 2024

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Filipino American National Historical Society Journal—New Issue!

The new issue of the Filipino American National Historical Society Journal, Volume 11, is now available on Project MUSE.

The new issue features writers from the American South, Northeast, Pacific Northwest, California and Hawaiʻi, opening with a personal recollection of FANHS founder Dorothy Laigo Cordova. The “Collaborating with Our Ancestors” section pays tribute to the late Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, a mentor and model who blazed the trail for many Filipino American academics over the last 20 years. The “Talk Stories” section features a dialogue among friends and family on the evolution of an Indipino identity and community, as well as the life history of Ponce Cazem, who worked in Hollywood for some well-known stars before fighting for the United States during World War II. Research in this volume covers the development of Filipino American identity in the American South and the existence of the queer experience in Filipino American history. This volume highlights the photography of Abraham “Abe” Menor.

Read the issue on Project MUSE today:

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Lily Ann B. Villaraza

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New Journal: Filipino American National Historical Society Journal

University of Hawai‘i Press partners with the oldest, existing national Filipino American organization to publish its eponymous annual, the Filipino American National Historical Society Journal.

The Filipino American National Historical Society Journal is the only journal devoted exclusively to the identification, gathering, preservation, and dissemination of Filipino American history and culture in the US. The society was founded in Seattle, Washington, in 1982 by Dorothy Laigo Cordova and Fred Cordova, and now hosts 43 regional chapters nationwide.

The society and journal have long served as a primary informational resource for community organizations and educational institutions on Filipino American history, and hosted the first official Filipino American History Month in October 1992, long before the US Congress recognized the commemorative month in 2009.

Redesigned and under new leadership, the journal will publish Volume 11 in November 2023, alongside the journal’s 10-volume archive widely available for the first time via Project MUSE. As an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, each issue includes research by community-based and academic historians as well as personal histories. A new section, “Collaborating with Our Ancestors,” features tribute pieces and intergenerational conversations between past and present Filipino American academic and activist leaders.

The journal is led by Drs. Patricia Espiritu Halagao (College of Education, University of Hawai‘i—Mānoa) and Terese Guinsatao Monberg (Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, Michigan State University). Dr. Lily Ann B. Villaraza (Philippine Studies, City College of San Francisco), a national FANHS scholar, guest edits the forthcoming issue.

“We are so excited to publish the FANHS Journal with the University of Hawai’i Press. Working together, we can ensure that Filipino American history can be better documented and made more accessible to the masses,” said Dr. Kevin Nadal, president of the national society. “And because there are so many Filipino American historical narratives waiting to be told, we are looking forward to a long lasting partnership with such a prestigious publishing company to help us tell these stories.”

FANHS founder Dorothy Laigo Cordova adds, “I am excited to see the evolution of the FANHS Journal under its new editorial leadership and support the journal’s important role in promoting scholarship of Filipino American history.” 

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Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Journal

Volume 11

Forthcoming on Project MUSE, November 2023

Contributions include:

Remembering the Past, Living the Present, Planning for the Future
By Dorothy Laigo Cordova

Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon Adobo Cook Off
By Kay Dumlao Doherty

Mare Dawn is a Dr. Diva, Di Ba? (Poem)
By Emily Lawsin

Our Story Includes Indipinos
By Holly Calica and Richard Vendiola

From Hollywood to the Battlefield: Stories of a Filipino American Houseboy Becoming a Soldier
By Mark Cazem

Producing a Filipino American Identity in the Sunbelt South
By Audrey Idaikkadar

Queering Filipino American History: Exploring LGBTQ Filipina/x/o American THEIR/OURstories
By Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal

The Manang Generation and the Radical Origins of the Pinay Identity
By Stacey Anne Baterina Salinas

Naimas!: The Rise of Filipino Foodways in Hawai‘i
By Shannon Cristobal

Building a Community Archive: Preserving and Uplifting Stories of Filipino Labor and Migration
By Christina Ayson Plank, Meleia Simon-Reynolds, Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez, Steve McKay, and Oliva Sawi