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Filipino American Center

Filipino History


In line with Old Dominion's vision of a multicultural university, The Filipino American Center responds dynamically and creatively to the academic, educational, cultural, and social concerns of Filipino Americans. It serves as a resource and research center for Philippine society and culture and the Filipino American experience. It is a center for social interaction where Filipino culture and values are promoted, revitalized and celebrated. It serves as a cultural liaison to the University and the Hampton Roads communities. Its strategic location in the College of Arts and Letters allows for an integrated approach in crafting and encountering new avenues of culture with a distinctive academic orientation.

Goals & Objectives

  • To serve as a resource center for the University, the Filipino American and the Hampton Roads communities;
  • To organize cultural, education programs, lectures and seminars that highlight Philippine/ Filipino American culture in collaboration with other academic departments;
  • To develop cooperative relations and to serve as programming resource for the Philippine/ Filipino American and other communities in Hampton Roads;
  • To promote courses in Filipino American Studies and to plan Student Exchange visits and Summer Study Abroad (Philippines);
  • To conduct research on relevant issues on the Philippines and Filipino Americans;
  • To raise funds to support the Summer Study Abroad (Philippines), research activities, and other programs;
  • To foster close linkages with the ODU Filipino American alumni.

The Filipino Americans

Filipino History

Filipino-American Courses


Academic course offerings in Filipino-American Studies


Filipino Heritage Banner

Examples of digital storytelling produced by students, as well as information about Tagalog Class offerings.



While serving at Clark Air Base in Luzon during the early 1970's, Charles Burch and his family enjoyed learning about the Philippines and its people. During their stay there, they acquired a wide variety of artifacts, including woodcarvings, baskets, backpacks, a warrior's shield, and paintings.


Tinig Journal

Filipino American publications.

Artifact Donations

Igorot Hat