Center for Pacific Island Studies
Lola Quan Bautista
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Lola Quan Bautista joined the CPIS teaching faculty in 2008. Her interests in the Micronesian diaspora, gender and households, and housing and community development are some of the topics she brings to two undergraduate courses, Pacific Worlds (PACS 108) and Pacific Movement and Migration (PACS 202).
Lola has recently completed a documentary film, Breadfruit & Open Spaces, which explores the journey of a group of Pacific Islander immigrants from the Federated States of Micronesia who are now living on Guam. This half-hour documentary is shot in an intimate, backyard style and gives a rare look into the personal stories of Pacific Islanders who live, work, and attend school on Guam and enjoy living in open spaces where families gather and traditional foods are grown. For more information, see the Breadfruit and Open Spaces website.
Lola received a film completion grant from Pacific Islanders in Communications. Lola was also principal investigator for two grants from the National Science Foundation, a starter grant (NSF 06-586, Building Pacific Islander Homes, Households, and Communities, Sept 2009-Sept 2012, University of Hawai'i-Mānoa) and a postdoctoral research minority fellowship (NSF 00-139, Understanding Domestic Space in an Urban Setting: Views from Migrant Women from the Federated States of Micronesia, Jan 2006-Dec 2007, University of Guam).
Stemming from her field research, Lola serves as an advisor
for a nonprofit organization called the United Pacific Islanders Organization,
which was created to address the growing social and economic frustrations
in newly created subdivisions on Guam. Made up mostly of Pacific Islanders
from the Federated States of Micronesia, this nonprofit represents the
first grassroots attempt to collectively establish desirable qualities
for the built environment and community on Guam.
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