Religion, Citizenship and Military Service

Culture & Identity | Fellowships

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Conference Center

145 Ednam Drive Charlottesville, VA

How does religion and military service shape Filipino  immigrants’ connection to the public sphere?

VFH Fellow Dr. Aprilfaye Manalang, of Norfolk State University’s History and Interdisciplinary Studies Department, will host a public talk examining the effect that religion and military service has on the connection Filipino immigrants experience towards American citizenship. Manalang will also discuss the status of Asian Americans at large, Filipino-Americans specifically, and their relationship with U.S. politics in light of the recent election.

Over the past two decades, more immigrants from Asia and Latin American have begun to arrive in the US than at any other time history. Norfolk, Virginia’s large naval base as well as historic US. naval recruitment have led the overwhelming majority of Filipinos to migrate to the Virginia Beach Area. As a result, this record-breaking shift in demography deeply impacts Virginia.

The lecture is free and open to the public and a casual lunch will be provided.

Reed Smith logoThe 2016-17 VFH Fellows talks are supported by a generous contribution from Reed Smith, LLP.