Anita Chen

Professor Emeritus

Academic Qualifications: 

A.B. cum laude (Sociology) U of the Philippines, 1954

M. A. (Sociology) U of the Philippines, 1957

Ph.D. (Sociology) U of Chicago, 1962

Date joined Lakehead: 
September, 1964 [founding member of Department]
Previous Teaching/Work: 

Graduate Assistant to Instructor, Sociology, U of the Philippines, 1954-63 (On Leave, 1957-62)

Lecturer to Professor, Sociology, Lakehead, 1964-96

TEACHING AREAS: Sociology of Medicine, Aging, Ethnicity, Migration

Research Interests: 


Filipinos in Canada, Filipino Elderly in Canada, Recruitment to Nursing, Asian and Southeast Asian Elderly Refugees and immigrants in Canada



1957 - '62. Fulbright Grantee

2008 ,Dec, 5. "Champion" Award, by (CERAH) Lakehead. "a pioneer in the field of Gerontology", "was instrumental in the creation of what is now the Center for Education and Research in Aging and Health"

2005, November. Northern Light Award," Founding Chair of the Department of Sociology And Anthropology & subsequently of the Department of Sociology. Developed new courses in Sociology and was involved in shaping the Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Gerontology", on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of Lakehead.

1998, Dec. 11 "Pamana Ng Filipino Award", (conferred by the Philippine President in Malacanang Palace, Manila, on Filipino Overseas who have consistently pursued their work or profession with excellence and distinction.) "for her pioneering achievements within the academic community of Canada and for her significant research undertakings which she has effectively used for the promotion of public awareness and understanding of the character of Filipino migration to Canada".




1998                       From Sunbelt to Snowbelt: Filipinos in Canada. (Research Centre for Canada Ethnic Studies, University of Calgary).

1993                       Recruitment to Nursing: Sociological Perspectives. (Thunder Bay, Ontario: Centre for Northern Studies, Lakehead University).

1985                       Editor, Contemporary and Historical Perspectives in Southeast Asia, (Ottawa: Carleton University Printshop).

1967                       Manila: Its Needs and Resources. Department of Social Welfare, and the National Science Development Board, Manila, (I served as Senior Scientist in the initial preparation of the survey).



1999                       "Filipinos in Canada," in Paul Robert Magocsi, (editor), Encyclopedia of Canada's People. Published for the Multicultural History Society of Ontario. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press), pp. 501-515.

1992                       "Filipinos in Canada," in Contacts Between Cultures. Eastern Asia: History and Social Sciences, Volume 4, Bernard Hung -Kay Luk, (ed.), (Queenston, Ontario: The Edwin Mellen Press), pp. 390-394.

1990                       "Studies on Filipinos in Canada: State of the Art,' Canadian Ethnic Studies. Special Issue, State of the Art, Volume XXII, No 1, pp. 83-95.

1988                       "Elderly Asians in Canada: Immigration Trend and Implications," in K. Victor Ujimoto and Josephine Naidoo (eds.) Asian Canadians: Research on Current Issues. Selections from Asian Canadian Forum VIII & IX, pp. 128-149.

1987                       "Filipino Canadians at The Lakehead," in John Potestio & Antonio (eds.) Thunder Bay's People Polyphony. The Bulletin of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 99-103.

1985                       "Attitudes toward Grandparents: The Case of Filipino High School Students," in Anita Beltran Chen (ed.) Contemporary & Historical Perspectives in Southeast Asia (Ottawa: Carleton University Print Shop), pp. 263-272.

1985                       "Internal Migration in the Philippines: An Evaluative Review" in Bruce Matthews (ed.) Problems of the Social and Physical Environment (Nova Scotia: Lancelot Press), pp. 142-157.

1984                       "Social Demography of Filipinos in Canada: Trends & Changes," in K. Victor Ujimoto and Josephine Naidoo (eds.) Asian Canadians: Aspects of Social Change, Asian Canadian Symposium VI. University of Guelph, June, pp. 72-89.

1983                       "Kinship and Internal Migration: Filipinos in Thunder Bay," in Douglas R. Webster, (ed.), The Southeast Asian Environment, (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press), pp. 191-204.

1981                       "Kinship System and Chain Migration: Filipinos in Thunder Bay," in K. Victor Ujimoto and Gordon Hirabayashi, (eds.) Asian Canadians: Regional Perspective. Asian Canadian Symposium V. Mt. Saint Vincent University, May, pp. 185-206.

1981                       "Patterns of Urbanization in the Philippines," in Geoffrey B. Hainsworth, (ed.), Southeast Asia: Women. Changing Social Structure and Cultural Continuity, (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press) pp. 66-83.

1980                       "Filipinos in Canada: A Socio-Demographic Profile," in K. Victor   Ujimoto and Gordon Hirabayashi, (eds.), Visible Minorities and Multiculturalism: Asians in Canada, (Toronto: Butterworth & Company), pp. 301-322.

1978                       "Social Demographic Composition of Asian Immigrants in Canada: Some Comparisons," in Gordon P. Means, (ed.), The Past in Southeast Asia's Present, (Ottawa: Canadian Society for Asian Studies) pp. 115-127.

1978                       "Selectivity in Philippine Migration," in Gordon P. Means, (ed.), Development and Underdevelopment in Southeast Asia." (Ottawa: Canadian Society for Asian Studies, 1977), pp. 124-139.    Reprinted in Annals of Philippine Chinese Historical Association, 8th issue, pp. 7-19.

1977                       "Filipino Immigration to North America," RIKKA, Fall Issue, pp. 87-90.


Book Reviews (invited)

1994                       Belen T.G. Medina, The Filipino Family: A Text With Selected Readings (Diliman, Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 1991), in Journal of Comparative Family Studies. Vol. XXV, No. 3 (Autumn 1994) pp. 417-418.

1994                       James E. Couglan, ed., A Profile of Six Asian Communities in Australia, (Queensland, Australia: Center for the Study of Australia -Asia Relations, Griffith University, 1992), in Canadian Ethnic Studies, Vol. XXVI, No. 1, 1994, pp. 133-135.

1994                       Paul Pertierra, ed., Remittances and Returnees: The Cultural Economy of Migration in Ilocos, (Quezon City: New Day Publishers, 1992), in Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 53, No. 2, May 1994, pp. 641-642.

1992                       Milly Charon, Worlds Apart: New Immigrant Voices (Ontario: Cormorant Book, 1989), in Canadian Ethnic Studies. Vol. XXIV, No.1, p. 167.

1990                       Francis F. Korten and Robert Y. Siy Jr., Editors, Transforming a Bureaucracy: The Experience of the Philippine National Irrigation Administration. (Quezon City, Philippines: Ateneo de Manila Press 1988). III, Pilipinas - A Journal of Philippine Studies), No. 15, Fall.

1989                       Alan Roadburg, Aging. Retirement. Leisure in Canada. (Toronto: Methuen, 1985), in The Canadian Journal of Sociology. Vo1.14, No. 2, pp. 256-257.

1988                       Antonio J.A. Pido, The Pilipinos in America: Macro/Micro Dimensions of Immigration and Integration. (New York: Center for Migration Studies, 1985), in Journal of Comparative Family Studies. Vol. XIX, No. 3, Autumn, pp. 456-458.

1987                       Sun-Hee Lee, Why People Intend To Move: Individual & Community -Level Factors of Out -Migration in the Philippines. (Boulder; Colorado: Westview Press, 1986), in The Journal of Asian Studies. Vol. 46, No, 1, February, pp. 214-215.

1987                       Marilies von Brevem, Faces of Manila: Thirty Authentic Filipino Lifestories. (Metro Manila, 1985), in Pilipinas: A Journal of Philippine Studies, No. 8, Spring, pp. 113-114.

1986                       Marie Haug and Bebe Lavin, Consumerism in Medicine: Challenging Physician Authority. (Beverly Hills, California: Sage Publications, 1983), in Canadian Review of Sociology & Anthropology 23:3 August, pp. 426-428.

1985                       Marcial 0. Aranas, The Dynamics of Filipino Immigrants in Canada. (Canada: Coles Printing Co. Ltd., 1983), in Canadian Ethnic Studies. Vol. XVII, No. 3, pp. 145-146.

1985                       Robert N. Anderson, Richard Caller and Rebecca F. Pastano, Filipinos in Rural Hawaii, (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1984), Lorraine Jacobs Crouchett, Filipinos in California: From the Days of the Galleons to Present, (El Cerrito, California: Downey Place Publishing House, Inc. 1982), in The Journal of Asian Studies. Vol. XLIV, Number 3, May, pp. 560-561.

1981                       Chipp, Sylvia A. and Green, Justin J., (eds.), Asian Women in Transition. (Pennsylvania: Penn State Press 1980), in International Journal of Sociology of the Family, 11 (2); July -December.