USAPAN Workshops

USAPAN has been engaging the community through workshops and discussion since 2009.

This is a collection of sample topics that Usapan may cover for your student group. You are invited to choose a topic from this list or request a new workshop that best suits the needs of your general body.


  • FILIPINO IDENTITY THROUGH COLONIALISM: For centuries, our history has been marked by colonialism and ownership by other countries. How does that affect the way we think today?

  • MOTHERLAND POLITICS AND THE MODERN DYNASTY: Politics in the Philippines is complicated. We'll try to break it down.

  • NEW TIGER NATION: The Philippines' Economic Rise and What It Means For Us.


  • PHILIPPINE INDIGENOUS PRACTICES & SPIRITUALITY: Our culture, our way of thinking, our mindsets are entwined with the earth, and with beliefs that have withstood centuries. Here we will learn about them.
  • RELIGION IN THE PHILIPPINES, ANCIENT TO MODERN: Before there was Catholicism, there was Animism. Before there was Islam, there was Hinduism. Forreal!

  • OUR THINKERS, WRITERS, HEROES: The Philippines was a breeding ground for brilliant and brave heroes and anti-heroes. Here's a crash course in the ones you most need to know.


  • SALAD & PAN-ASIANISM: People say that America isn't the 'melting pot' it's always assumed to be. Let's talk about being Filipino versus 'being Asian'.

  • THE AMERICAN DREAM, THE FILIPINO MINDSET: This is a crash course on 1) Filipino-American history, from the first settlement in the 1600s to today, and 2) what that makes us as Americans.


  • ANCIENT LINGUISTIC HISTORY, PRE-HISTORY TO COLONIALISM: Hindu states? Muslim kingdoms? Chinese trading cities? Let's learn about our ancestors' world.

  • MODERN LINGUISTIC HISTORY, COLONIALISM TO CONTEMPORARY: We're a culture sees reflections of itself all over the world, from Spain to the States to Central America to the Middle East and to Mainland Asia. In this workshop we can wrap our head around it.


  • HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Human rights abuses on Filipinos inside the country and around the world, and what we can do to become more aware.

  • PHILIPPINE MIGRANTS' RIGHTS: As Filipino-Americans, we or our parents came to this country as a migrant. Not all of us receive the same treatment when we get to our destination. Here's what you need to know.