Filipino American Human Services, Inc. Records

Date Range: 19922010
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2010-03-04
Creator: Filipino American Human Services, Inc.

Founded in 1993, Filipino American Human Services, Inc. was the first social services organization to serve the Filipino and Filipino American community in New York City. Recognizing that Filipino Americans were underserved in the realm of social services, the Asian American Federation (AAF), under the consultation of its two Filipino board members at the time, Dr. Jean Raymundo Lobell and Attorney Reuben Seguritan, organized the Filipino American Planning Initiative Forum in November 1992. It was a result of this forum and funding from AAF that FAHSI was founded.

Located in Queens, New York (where 54% of the city’s Filipino and Filipino American population resides), on the ground floor of the Philippine American Center, FAHSI’s two major initiatives are its youth development program, which, uses Filipino and Filipino American history to foster leadership development, and its senior program, which provides health workshops, language and dance classes, and social activities for its participants. In addition to hosting walk-in hours during which time participants can socialize, use the organization’s library, and make appointments with its staff, FAHSI also provides case management and counseling and referral services. In 1996, FAHSI received the Philippine Presidential Award for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas (Banaag Award) for its dedicated service to the Filipino and Filipino American community in New York City. In 2007, the organization established a scholarship program. FAHSI receives its funding from foundations and has partnered with other New York-based Asian and Asian American organizations, including Kalusugan Coalition, Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA), and Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF).

Sources: Filipino American Human Services, Inc. “About.” Accessed February 3, 2015.

Ubarra-Cunanan, Rose-Ann K. Conversation with Amita Manghnani and Nancy Ng Tam. Queens, NY, March 4, 2010.

Summary: The Filipino American Human Services, Inc. Records total 92.5 linear feet and contain the organization’s current and archived administrative files, books, videos, magazines, and event and press files.

Measuring 55.0 linear feet and spanning the years 1996-2009 are files maintained by FAHSI’s previous executive directors (when FAHSI hires a new executive director, the previous executive director’s files are archived). Contained within these files are materials related to FAHSI’s programs, initiatives, funders, clients, and partner organizations. FAHSI’s current administrative files, which date back to 2009, measure 17.0 linear feet.

Included in FAHSI’s library, which measures 14.5 linear feet, are 13.5 linear feet of non-fiction, fiction, and children’s books. Titles include: Filipino Children’s Favorite Stories, We Didn’t Pass Through the Golden Door: The Filipino American Experience (written by FAHSI co-founder, Reuben Seguritan), Filipino American Psychology, and The State of Asian America: Activism and Resistance in the 1990s. Also part of the library are 0.5 linear feet of issues of Filipinas Magazine spanning the years 1997-2010 and 0.5 linear feet of movies on Filipino American and Asian American history on VHS tapes, including Filipino Americans: Discovering Their Past for the Future (1994) and José Rizal (1998).

The organization’s event and press files measure 6.0 linear feet and span the years 1997-2010. They include photographs and flyers from events FAHSI organized, co-sponsored, or attended, including the Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City and FAHSI’s annual Youth Day conference. A binder of press clippings about FAHSI, Filipino Americans, and immigration issues from publications like the Filipino Express and the Filipino Reporter is also maintained in these files.

Total Size: 92.5 linear feet
APA-related Size: 92.5 linear feet
Languages of materials: English and Tagalog
Arrangement: other
Location: Filipino American Human Services, Inc. offices
Bibliographic Control: inventory
Conditions Governing Access: The majority of the records are currently inaccessible to the public. Those wishing to access materials in the library should contact FAHSI directly to arrange on-site usage.

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