“As nurses, caregivers, hospitality workers, and other service industry folks, Filipino Americans are the forgotten Asian Americans and in a time where their professions are needed most, Anti-Asian sentiment has become violent, and the need for community and faith has increased, they have also become integral and essential agents during the Covid 19 pandemic. ”
This study will investigate Filipino American theology, spiritual resilience, and religious institutions in relation to the social and economic challenges produced by Covid-19. For instance, how has the Filipino American workforce been affected in nursing, the military, and the cruise industry? What impact have those economic realities had on their idea of the American Dream? How do current Filipino American responses to the current crisis relate to deeper histories of resilience in the context of colonization and political, economic, and social marginalization? What has shaped our culture of resiliency, and can that be implemented in this time as well? How do trans-migrational realities inform the Filipino American experience?