bianca-vousaime asked: Hi, I was wondering if you could recommend any books exploring the legacies of colonialism written by a Pinoy?





To be honest I haven’t come across many books talking about colonialism in the Philippines that is written by a Filipin@ and not someone who is a white American.

There most likely are several but I haven’t heard of them. The only books I can think of at the top of my head is Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipino -/ American Postcolonial Psychology by E.J.R. David which has some chapters dedicated to talking about the Spanish and American colonization and colonial mentality in general, and The Forbidden Book: The Philippine-American War in Political Cartoons by Abe Ignacio, Enrique de la Cruz, Jorge Emmanuel.

If anyone else knows any good books to recommend feel free to comment.

Actually if anyone knows any good books in general about Filipin@ culture, history, & colonization, feel free to message me some suggestions. I plan to make a post as a reference with a list of books that fellow Filipin@’s in the diaspora can read up on as I know many are eager to read books written by and for Filipin@’s on those types of topics, not only as a source of decolonization but also on learning about ourselves as a people.

Here’s a few books that I mentioned in my Filipino literature tag.

One that I would highly recommend is E. San Juan Jr. (See: Carlos Bulosan, Filipino Writer-Activist: Between a Time of Terror and the Time of Revolution and his profile).

Other books that can be found on Arkipelago Books the Filipino Bookstore and/or Eastwind Books of Berkeley.

On pinoy-culture’s inquiry I would recommend checking out

Smithsonian Filipino American Heritage Book Resources 

University of the Philippines Press

Barbara Jane Reyes posts from her blog

some more off the top of my head:

  • creating masculinity in los angeles’s little manila: working-class filipinos and popular culture in the united states by linda espana-maram
  • the day the dancers stayed: performing in the filipino/american diaspora by theodore gonzalves
  • american tropics: articulating filipino america by allan isaac
  • beyond the nation: diasporic filipino literature and queer reading by martin joseph ponce
  • white love and other events in filipino history by vicente rafael
  • migrants for export: how the philippine state brokers labor to the world by robyn rodriguez
  • fantasy-production: sexual economies and other philippine consequences for the new world order by neferti tadiar
  • things fall away: philippine historical experience and the makings of globalization by neferti tadiar
  • positively no filipinos allowed: building communities and discourse ed. by antonio tiongson, ricardo gutierrez, and edgardo gutierrez
  • america’s experts: race and the fictions of sociology by cynthia tolentino

i would also direct you to the amazing digital project, centerforartandthought!

Oh this list is wonderful. For those of you interested in reading books written by fellow Filipin@s for fellow Filipin@s here is a good list for you to browse throug and add to your library.


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