Louisiana Cajuns

“A correspondence by a Filipino community leader in 1906 revealed that at the turn of this century, Louisiana was already home of several hundred Filipinos, with over two thousand of the Manilamen in the New Orleans community alone. Whereas, the UW census of 1910 had set the Filipino population in the US at the low figure of only 160.”

Quoted by Marina Espina, 1981 in Fred Cordova, Filipinos: Forgotten Asian Americans (Dubuque, IA: Kendall/ Hunt, 1983)

The Filipino Cajuns can trace their roots eight generations with many descendants still living in Louisiana today.

Photo from Marina Espina Collection