New project! This is the first experiment of exploring books on the podcast. I'll be giving an overview Leny Strobel's Coming Full Circle: The Process of Decolonization Among Post-1965 Filipino Americans. This is a pivotal book in FilAm literature and it has a lot of wisdom and lessons within it. It's an informal overview, with specific quotes thrown in to highlight the main takeaways. Coming Full Circle is a project of decolonization based off interviews with post-1965 Filipino Americans . Through a process that Strobel calls "fishing for knowledge" through books and interviews, she organizes themes of decolonization under the categories of Naming, Reflection, and Action. This framework is greatly influenced by Paulo Friere and his idea that oppressed peoples need to name the source of their oppression before they can enact change upon it. 11 generative themes of decolonization are presented, alongside a literature review of relevant material and research.
Education is a vital weapon of a people striving for economic emancipation, political independence and cultural renaissance. We are such a people. Philippine education therefore must produce Filipinos who are aware of their country's problems, who understand the basic solution to these problems, and who care enough to have courage to work and sacrifice for their country's salvation.
The Filipino American community is lacking a strong sense of ethnic identity and cultural power because of the underlying rivalries between internal groups. Whether the issue is economic class, birthplace, spoken language, physical appearance, or the spelling of an ethnic identifier, the behavior to generalize and draw boundaries – factionalism – is what truly prevents Filipino Americans from unifying as a strong and powerful collective group.
Originally published in Teacher's Journal 5 (May-June 1951): 1-18. Transcribed from On Becoming Filipino (Edited by E. San Juan Jr.) (April 1995): 115-123. The growth of Philippine culture is closely linked with its political and economic history. It was a long-drawn and encumbered movement, but is was also a continuous and courageous struggle toward reality. [...]
LESSON: Work on a daily practice to bring forth the creative genius. Focus on the process, and be there everyday. Steven Pressfield states that creatives face Resistance whenever they pursue "any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health, or integrity." Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and [...]
Originally published in El Filibusterismo by Jose Rizal, translated by Leon Ma. Guerrero. The glory of saving a country cannot be given to one who has contributed to its ruin. You believed that what crime and iniquity had stained and deformed, more crime and more iniquity could cleanse and redeem. This was error. [...]
LESSON: Becoming a confident man requires first and foremost an honesty with oneself. Honesty There are a lot of books out there about attraction and relationships, and it sometimes gets confusing and overwhelming when considering which one to read and follow. My personal recommendation is Mark Manson's Models which sets the three following fundamentals as [...]