• Jessica

Filipino American History Month



Thanks to this Instagram post by L.A.-based merch store Manila Oriental, I realized October was Filipino American History Month which I NEVER KNEW before. And I'm a Filipino-American! What's wrong with me?!


Filipino American History Month commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States on October 18, 1587, when “Luzones Indios” came ashore from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza and landed at what is now Morro Bay, California. In 2009, the month was officially recognized by U.S. Congress.


In honor of FAHM, I put together a list of books by Filipino and Filipino-American authors. I added the genre plus linked to the book's Goodreads page. If you're looking for new and diverse reads, take your pick!



--Contemporary Books--

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

fiction, magical realism, romance


Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn

historical fiction, literary fiction


Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos

women's fiction, romance


Insurrecto by Gina Apostol

literary fiction, historical fiction


The Mango Bride by Marivi Soliven

contemporary fiction, literary fiction


America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

literary fiction, historical fiction


In the Country: Stories by Mia Alvar

short stories



--Young Adult--

Something In Between by Melissa de la Cruz

romance, contemporary YA


Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

graphic novels, contemporary YA


The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

fantasy, paranormal, horror



--Nonfiction--

Lola's House: Filipino Women Living with War by M. Evelina Galang

biography, war


America is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan

memoir, history


Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas

memoir, politics

**this is the only book I've read on this list so far (I'm working on it) and I highly recommend it!



Denver, Colorado

©2018 by Jessica Hammons