Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work

First Advisor

Anh Ngo

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor

Second Advisor

Magnus Mfoafo-M'carthy

Advisor Role

Internal Committee Member

Third Advisor

Fritz Pino

Advisor Role

External Committee Member


Research states that while Filipino Canadians are the largest growing migrant population in Canada, they are the least represented and understudied subjects in the academy. The primary purpose of this qualitative study is to better understand the experiences of Filipino Canadians and how they create their identities in the diaspora. Since few studies take on a social work lens to explore these important stories, I attempt to unearth these experiences using these guiding questions: (1) How do Filipino Canadians integrate their cultural identity in the diaspora? (2) What are the sociopolitical and historical conditions that inform these identities? Following Charmaz’s Constructivist Grounded Theory, data were generated from ten (10) Filipino Canadians across Vancouver, British Columbia and analyzed using codes, categories and turning them into themes. Six themes were found. Findings indicate that Filipino Canadians yearn to construct, deconstruct, and reconstructing identities that bring them back to their cultural and ancestral roots. Implications for social work practice and lessons are discussed.

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