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Filipino American History Month

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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


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!


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