Anyway, I want to incorporate literature again, maybe in the rehearsal process, but certainly more in the writing of it. I find it somewhat ironic that I'm doing this on today...Sunday. While "the book" can have many interpretations, I find myself drawn to the "people of the book" phrase. My mom, being Filipino, raised me Catholic. I, being Filipino-American (as well as Black), have since been searching for my own path.
And while I might not revere "The" book as central to my beliefs, I certainly believe that books in general are. And, yes I even mean the physical object the text is held in. I am not an e-book convert, and while that may change depending on the affordability of technology, there's just something I prefer about holding the paper in my hand. Same reason I still like reading the physical newspaper with breakfast, when I can.
Maybe it's all just symbolism, knowledge being physicalized in a vessel and imparted to others. All the more ironic (maybe) that I am sharing these with you online. Maybe not, because it's still the transfer of information. Anyway, with that, here are the 10 books of Pinoy: A 'merican Tale.
From Asia to DC:
- A History of the Philippines: From Indos Bravos to Filipinos (2010)
- Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans (1989)
- Filipino American Lives (1995)
- Filipinos in Washington, DC (2009)
- The First Filipino: A Biography of José Rizal (1963)
- Noli Me Tangere: A Novel (1997), translated by Soledad Lacson-Locsin
- Rizal's Prose (1962)
Fil-Ams & Psych:
- Depression and Other Mental Health Issues: The Filipino American Experience (1995)
- Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice (2009)
- Filipino American Psychology: A Collection of Personal Narratives (2009)
If possible (especially for the ones that are out of print), if being Filipino-American is part of your background, your culture, I definitely encourage you to consider purchasing any of these books which you haven't read, even if you're not a "book" person.
Even if it's just one, it can only help you to continue becoming the person you already are.
- JR, A Way of Life Productions, Vision Director