Emerging Scholars Fellowship: Introducing Heidi T. Tuason, MPH


Heidi is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Heidi and her fellow scholars here.

Magandang araw sa inyong lahat! (Good day to you all!) My name is Heidi Tumang Tuason, and I’m a 3rd year Doctor of Public Health student at UCLA, studying Community Health and minoring in Asian American Studies.

I’m excited to share with you about my research. But first, as I’m learning in my qualitative research classes, it’s important to know where the researcher comes from, so before I talk about my project, here’s some background about me.

5 Things About Me through Places I’ve Called Home:

  1. DALY CITY, CALIFORNIA – Daly City born and raised from an immigrant family

I am the youngest of three daughters (“bunso”) of an immigrant family who came to the US from the Philippines in the 1970s, products of the post-1965 Immigration Act wave. I was born in San Francisco and grew up there and in Daly City until high school.

My family is one of the many Filipino families that make up one-third of the population of Daly City, which is why some people call it the “Pinoy Capital”. I’ve realized that growing up here has really shaped how I see the world and my commitment to the Filipino community


(Left) My mom and sister migrating from the Philippines, 1970. (Right) My sisters and I with my mom, 1986.

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