postcolonial psychology

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look what decided to come in the mail today! the majority of my amazon wishlist has a lot of books by filipino authors or about filipino history/culture/literature that i recommend checking out! (please don’t get me anything, just use it as a reference)

Ways of the Ancient Healer: Sacred Teachings from the Philippine Ancestral Traditions by Virgil Mayor Apostol and Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipino -/ American Postcolonial Psychology by E.J.R. David have been on my to-read list forever and now they’re in my hands! 

i’ll be tackling them but i’ll keep y’all updated on the content. 

- admin v

Hi! I’m Leah aka politicalsexkitten, blogger, professional shitposter, and admin of NYCLAG

I think this is an important opportunity to celebrate our ancestor’s history, but also acknowledge that the Philippine’s “Independence Day” has been yet another transaction between colonial and imperial powers from Spain, to the United States. 

I know a lot of my fellow Pilipinx struggle with coming to terms with their identity, rejection, acceptance, or feeling of not belonging anywhere. I used to hate myself, where I came from, because self-hate is taught as a method of oppression and “fitting in” has become a way of survival. 

It’s extremely important to decolonize our minds, literature, and question problematic ways in which we’ve been socialized (i.e. colorism, “West is Best” mentality).

Some of my favorite books that helped me through a lot of my own identity crisis: 

1) Pinay Power by Melinda L. de Jesus 

2) Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipino-/American Postcolonial Psychology by E.J.R. David

3) Suspended Apocalypse: White Supremacy, Genocide, and the Filipino Condition by Dylan Rodriguez

I also started a YouTube channel, where I’ll be filming more videos covering various topics such as decoloniality, mental health, sex ed, advice and personal experiences, and identity politics (specifically affecting Asian women and Pilipinx). I only have one video up so far but I’ll be coming out with more topic-related videos soon! I hope it will provide some more exposure and insight to all things Pilipinx, since we’re severely underrepresented everywhere. 

Happy PFAD Day! 

-Leah