Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults

                        GROWING UP FILIPINO
Edited by
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
  ISBN: 0971945802, softcover, 283 pages, $8.00
Published by PALH (, April 2003
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2005: National Book Awards finalist in the anthology division (Philippine Edition by Anvil)
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"Cecilia Manguerra Brainard has collected a dazzling and impressive array of 29 stories about the saga of what it means to be young and Filipino. The authors make the experiences of ordinary young people come alive for us. The strength of the collaborative approach in this volume lies in its individual examples, for the best way to construct a picture of growing up Filipino is by specific reference to their lives. The structure of the book is simple enough. Each story is assigned to a theme and there are five of them: family, angest, friendship, love, and home.
"But don't be taken in by the simplicity of the title. This volume is indeed about magic, mysteries, sadness, time, family, fear, and happiness of young adult Filipinos. But in exploring these arenas the authors, each a born storyteller and philosopher, collectively capture the natural and social tapestry of the Philippines and Filipino culture and those forces that influence it. Their use of the language with all its idioms, narrative intervals and cadences leaves no doubt about the complexities of the historical, social, cultural, gender and racial terrain of modern Filipino culture. It is hard to resist one more comment. Despite the book's sub-title, this is also a book for adults. They too will profit from what is a truthful, passionate, hopeful - and ultimately - a very wise book. Kudos to Brainard and the other writers for this important contribution to Filipino/Filipino-American history and culture. This is a powerfully achieved and memorable book by authors who know their craft, and who also have a profound understanding and love for the Philippines and things Filipino." by Roger N. Buckley, Professor of History and Director, Asian American Studies Institute, University of Connecticut.

"Emerging and established award-winning writers are the authors of this fine collection of 29 stories about what it means to be young and Filipino in the Philippines and in the United States. Filipinos in America are now the second largest in the umbrella group of Asian Americans, yet there is a scarcity of books by and for Filipinos. This impressive array captures the complexities of both the Filipino culture and history and the realities of the lives of young adults no matter what their ethnic affiliation. Each story is assigned to one of five universal themes: family, angst, friendship, love, and home." by Glenna Sloan, BookBird Journal International. Children's Literature, published by IBBY.
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Growing Up Filipino is used as textbook in Skyline College, English 846, Instructor Liza Erpelo, Skyline College
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East Lansing Public Library (, Michigan, 950 Abbott Road, East Lansing, Michigan,
Juneau Public Libraries, 292 Marine Way, Juneau, Alaska 99801; (907) 586 - 5249
City of Lavergne Library, 5063 Murfreesboro Road, Lavergne, TN 37086; (615) 793-7303
Los Angeles Public Library, check the various branches, or try Central Library 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071; (213) 228-7000
Mission College Library 3000 Mission College Boulevard Santa Clara, CA 95054-1897; (408) 988-2200
The National Library for the Blind and Handicapped (NLS), 1291 Taylor Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011, Toll-Free: 1-888-NLS-READ; (1-888-657-7323) to connect to a local library
Pasadena Public Library, Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91109; (626) 744-4066
Plymouth District Library, 223 S. Main Street, Plymouth, MI, 48170-1687; (734) 453-0750
San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102; (415) 557-4400 ·
Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98104
Skyline College Library, 3300 College Drive, San Bruno CA 94066-1698; (650) 738-4100


Calgary Public Library, check the various branches, or the Central Library 616 Macleod Trail SE, T2G 2M2, (403) 260-2600

Edmunton Public Library, check the various branches, or try Stanley A. Milner Library (Downtown), 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, T5J 2V4, Canada, (780)-496-7000

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