Date of Graduation

Spring 5-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Urban Affairs


College of Arts and Sciences

First Advisor

Rachel Brahinsky

Second Advisor

Ada Chan


My research analyzes the intersection between culture and activism, through oral histories with participants and organizers of SoMa Pilipinas, the Filipino cultural heritage district in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco. I analyzed the impact of the establishment of the Filipino cultural heritage district on the Filipino community in the South of Market neighborhood. I examined what motivates members of this community to be politically active by organizing and attending protests and rallies, speaking at Planning Commission hearings at City Hall, attending planning meetings for SoMa Pilipinas, building relationships across organizations and fields, and providing resources for community members.