Hello! My name is Aaron (he/him/siya) and I am a Filipino American community organizer, researcher, and singer-songwriter based in San Diego, California.
Right now, I am a community organizer with Malaya Movement, a volunteer English tutor with Refugee & Immigrant Transitions (RIT), and a Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) representative for the UC San Diego Communication Department. Malaya Movement is currently working on building support for the Philippine Human Rights Act, a bill introduced by Pennsylvania US House Rep. Susan Wild that would suspend US-supported security assistance to the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines until human rights issues are improved. Please contact me if you would like to get involved! You can also read more about my past community and volunteer work here.
I am also a doctoral student in the Communication Department at the University of California, San Diego. At the intersection of migration, community organizing, and cultural production, my research focuses on harmful forms of social life and the ways in which they are reproduced, reformed and resisted. You can read more about my research here.
Outside of my community and academic work, I spend time making music. My music can be found on most streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal, YouTube, and more. You can read more about my songwriting here. Additionally, I occasionally write about culture, community, and communication on Kapwa, a periodical newsletter that aims to embrace kapwa an ethical concept in Filipino culture meaning togetherness through difference.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 2015 where I specialized in organizational communication and my Master of Arts degree in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University (NYU) in 2019 where I broadly focused on the relationship between media and human migration.