About

I am a native New Orleanian of Filipino descent; a poet, writer, and community historian who researches and shares the stories of Filipino Louisiana; a scholar and educator, an associate professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette who holds the Dr. James Wilson/BORSF Eminent Scholar Endowed Professorship in Southern Studies; a father who wants his children to be proud of their heritage.

In the Media

The history of St. Malo, the first permanent Filipino settlement in the United States, has drawn national and international media to Louisiana to learn more about the history of Filipinos in the state. I have been interviewed regularly since we unveiled the St. Malo Historical Marker. Below are some news accounts and podcasts that include interviews with me.

Topel, Lynn. “St. Malo, Louisiana Filipinos: Separating Fact from Fiction,” The FilAm, 23 October 2023.

Fundraiser Gala celebrates Filipino-American History Month,” BRProud News – NBC Local 33 / Fox44, 16 October 2023.

Setyawan, Kezia. “Rescuing Our Past,” Sea Change, WWNO New Orleans Public Radio, 20 June 2023.

Carter, Stephanie Jane. “Saint Malo: The First Asian Settlement in the US,” BBC.com, British Broadcasting Corporation, 28 November 2022.

New Look at One of America’s Oldest Communities Affected by Climate Change,” Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, created by Joie Chen, Hearst Media Production Group, 23 October 2022.

Williams, Liz. “St. Malo and Filipino Louisiana,” Tip of the Tongue, 140, Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 8 August 2022.

Tayag, Claude. “Two Poems, a Song, and a Tribute to the Pinoy Adobo.” The Philippine Star, Philstar Daily Inc., 28 July 2022.

“Mix Mix.” Take Out. Created by Lisa Ling, season 1, episode 1, Part2 Productions, 2022. HBOMax.

“Climate Change is Destroying an Important Piece of Filipino American History.” Now This News, Group Nine Media, 2 December 2021.

Ramirez, Rachel. “This Site is an Important Piece of Filipino American History. Climate Change is Destroying It.” CNN, Cable News Network, 17 October 2021. 

Tanglao, Leezel. “From the Bay to the Bayou: 10 Places that are Steeped in Filipino American History.” The Points Guy, The Points Guy LLC, 6 October 2021

Yuchengco, Mona Lisa. “Fil-Ams Among The Remarkable And Famous, Part 30.” Positively Filipino, Positively Filipino LLC, 29 September 2021. 

Sandweiss, Ethan. “The Challenges of Reclaiming Filipino Louisiana’s Centuries-Old History.” Atlas Obscura, Atlas Obscura, 10 September 2021.

Tayag, Yasmin. “Remembering America’s First Filipino Settlement before It Vanishes into the Sea.” HuffPost, HuffPost, 24 June 2021.

“Historical marker unveiled to mark the first Filipino settlement in the U.S.” ABS-CBN Balitang America, The Filipino Channel, 11 November 2019.