Hi! What books would you consider essential reading for someone trying to connect with their Filipino ancestry? Like many 2nd generations, I wasn't taught as much history in order to assimilate better to American culture. I'd really appreciate some direction! Thanks :)
I can recommend a few, some I have read, others that I have heard a lot about but haven’t personally read yet, as well as online resources. Most of what I have read so far is focused on precolonial history and culture as for the most part that is what I am interested in studying. When it comes to more recent history like the late Spanish colonization, American colonization, and more recent history I’d suggest getting in contact with indiohistorian and pag-asaharibon as they are the ones I tend to learn more information in colonial and post colonial history from. In regards to Pilipin@-American history there are several books I can recommend that I have been looking into, a few that I read that I’ve learned from joining the FANHS (Filipin@-American National Historical Society) community.
- Past post and response to a previous ask from people recommending books they have read.
- Barangay: 16th Century Philippine Cultural and Society by William Henry Scott
- Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipin@ -/ American Postcolonial Psychology by E.J.R. David
- The Forbidden Book: The Philippine-American War in Political Cartoons by Abe Ignacio, Enrique de la Cruz, Jorge Emmanuel.
- Back from the Crocodile’s Belly: Philippine Babaylan Studies and the Struggle for Indigenous Memory by S. Lily Mendoza and Leny Mendoza Strobel
- Filipin@ Tattoos Ancient to Modern by Lane Wilcken
- The Forgotten Children of Maui: Filipin@ Myths, Tattoos, and Rituals of a Demigod by Lane Wilcken
- Way of the Ancient Healer: Sacred Teachings from the Philippine Ancestral Traditions by Virgil Mayor Apostol
- Manila Men in the New World: Filipin@ Migration to Mexico and the Americas from the Sixteenth Century by Floro L. Mercene
- Growing Up Brown: Memoirs of a Filipin@ American (Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies) by Peter M. Jamero
- Babaylan: Filipin@s and the Call of the Indigenous by Leny Mendoza Strobel
- History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipin@s by Luis H. Francia
- Philippine Gay Culture: Binabae to Bakla, Silahis to MSM by J. Neil C. Garcia.
- An Introduction to Baybayin by Kristian Kabuay
- Benevolent Assimilation: The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903 by Stuart Creighton Miller
- Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California by Dawn Bohulano Mabalon
You can visit here for resources on mythology and folkore. Here for another list made by someone here on Tumblr on books and resources to read. Then for resources on precolonial history and culture in general based on historical accounts this post I made years back has some you can look through (there was actually a recent updated listed I made but accidentally deleted and lost when I switched the domain name to the Tumblr blog over from the wordpress one which I rarely touched and was an idiot to forget to back up. I’ll be making a whole new resources list eventually again).
If you want to browse through a collection of books in culture and history I’d suggest looking through Arkipelago Books, the Pilipin@ Bookstore (which is located at the Bayanihan Community Center in San Francisco, CA) at their website here.