Books to Celebrate Filipino American History Month

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team,
Collage of books celebrating Filipino American History Month

The Los Angeles Public Library strives to shine a light on all the people and cultures that make up Los Angeles and its environs. October is Filipino American History Month, and the Filipino American National Historical Society has been observing October as Filipino American History Month since 1991, with California officially recognizing the month in 2006 when the California Department of Education placed it on its celebrations calendar. Filipino American History Month was established to commemorate the first documented landing (over 425 years ago) of Filipinos in what is now the continental United States. In addition to the photo collections we have highlighted, we have lists of books featuring Filipino Americans, and Filipinos throughout the diaspora. Here are three such lists curated by our librarians.


Filipino American History Month: Non-Fiction

These non-fiction books provide insights into some of the history and contributions of Filipino Americans.


Filipino American History Month: Cookbooks & Food

Filipino cuisine has a rich and varied history that includes influences from many cultures and countries.


Filipino American History Month: Fiction & Literature

A selection of novels and poetry by classic and modern Filipino writers. Part of Filipino literary history are the writings of Carolos Bulosan, whose contributions are kept alive by the Carolos Bulosan Book Club and its members, who are very active at the Echo Park Branch Library.


Filipino American History Month: Non-Fiction

  • Arnis : history and development of the Filipino martial arts

    Arnis : history and development of the Filipino martial arts

  • Big little man : in search of my Asian self

    Big little man : in search of my Asian self

    Tizon, Alex.
  • Bound by war : how the United States and the Philippines built America's first Pacific century

    Bound by war : how the United States and the Philippines built America's first Pacific century

    Capozzola, Christopher
  • Corazon Aquino and the brushfire revolution

    Corazon Aquino and the brushfire revolution

    Reid, Robert H.
  • Empire's mistress, starring Isabel Rosario Cooper

    Empire's mistress, starring Isabel Rosario Cooper

    Gonzalez, Vernadette Vicuña, 1973-
  • Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay

    Filipinos in Carson and the South Bay

    Ibanez, Florante Peter.
  • Filipinos in Hollywood

    Filipinos in Hollywood

    Montoya, Carina Monica.
  • Filipinos in Los Angeles

    Filipinos in Los Angeles

    Koerner, Mae Respicio.
  • Filipinos in Ventura County

    Filipinos in Ventura County

    Tayag, Elnora Kelly.
  • From Bin Laden to Facebook: 10 days of Abduction, 10 years of Terrorism

    From Bin Laden to Facebook: 10 days of Abduction, 10 years of Terrorism

    Ressa, Maria
  • Frontline: A Thousand Cuts

    Frontline: A Thousand Cuts

  • Los Angeles's Historic Filipinotown

    Los Angeles's Historic Filipinotown

    Montoya, Carina Monica.
  • Mixed plate : chronicles of an All-American combo

    Mixed plate : chronicles of an All-American combo

    Koy, Jo
  • Musical renderings of the Philippine nation

    Musical renderings of the Philippine nation

    Castro, Christi-Anne.
  • Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al-Qaeda's Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia

    Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al-Qaeda's Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia

    Ressa, Maria
  • The Philippines : what everyone needs to know

    The Philippines : what everyone needs to know

    Rood, Steven
  • White House doctor : behind the scenes with the Clinton and Bush families

    White House doctor : behind the scenes with the Clinton and Bush families

    Mariano, Connie, 1955-

Filipino American History Month: Cookbooks & Food

  • Amboy : recipes from the Filipino-American dream

    Amboy : recipes from the Filipino-American dream

    Cailan, Alvin
  • Fine Filipino food

    Fine Filipino food

    Bartell, Karen H.
  • I am a Filipino : and this is how we cook

    I am a Filipino : and this is how we cook

    Ponseca, Nicole
  • Kulinarya : a guidebook to Philippine cuisine

    Kulinarya : a guidebook to Philippine cuisine

    Rosales-Barretto, Glenda
  • Lemongrass & lime : southeast Asian cooking at home

    Lemongrass & lime : southeast Asian cooking at home

    Cohen, Leah (Chef)
  • Memories of Philippine kitchens : stories and recipes from far and near

    Memories of Philippine kitchens : stories and recipes from far and near

    Besa, Amy.
  • Pulutan! : Filipino bar bites, appetizers and street eats

    Pulutan! : Filipino bar bites, appetizers and street eats

    Gapultos, Marvin
  • Quintessential Filipino cooking : more than 75 authentic and classic recipes of the Philippines / Li

    Quintessential Filipino cooking : more than 75 authentic and classic recipes of the Philippines / Li

    Agbanlog, Liza
  • The adobo road cookbook : a Filipino food journey, from food blog to food truck and beyond

    The adobo road cookbook : a Filipino food journey, from food blog to food truck and beyond

    Gapultos, Marvin.
  • The Filipino cookbook : 85 homestyle recipes to delight your family and friends

    The Filipino cookbook : 85 homestyle recipes to delight your family and friends

    Garcia, Miki, 1969-
  • The Filipino-American kitchen : traditional recipes, contemporary flavors

    The Filipino-American kitchen : traditional recipes, contemporary flavors

    Aranas, Jennifer M., 1970-
  • The new Filipino kitchen : stories and recipes from around the globe

    The new Filipino kitchen : stories and recipes from around the globe

Filipino American History Month: Fiction & Literature

  • Monstress : stories

    Monstress : stories

    Tenorio, Lysley.
  • A village in the fields : a novel

    A village in the fields : a novel

    Enrado, Patty.
  • All heathens

    All heathens

    Chan, Marianne
  • All the conspirators

    All the conspirators

    Bulosan, Carlos.
  • America is in the heart : a personal history

    America is in the heart : a personal history

    Bulosan, Carlos
  • Arsenic and adobo

    Arsenic and adobo

    Manansala, Mia P.
  • Carlos Bulosan and His Poetry: A Biography and Anthology

    Carlos Bulosan and His Poetry: A Biography and Anthology

    Evangelista, Susan
  • In the country : stories

    In the country : stories

    Alvar, Mia, 1978-
  • Insides she swallowed : poems

    Insides she swallowed : poems

    Chacón, Sasha Pimentel.
  • On becoming Filipino : selected writings of Carlos Bulosan

    On becoming Filipino : selected writings of Carlos Bulosan

    Bulosan, Carlos.
  • Returning a borrowed tongue : poems by Filipino and Filipino American writers

    Returning a borrowed tongue : poems by Filipino and Filipino American writers

  • The cry and the dedication

    The cry and the dedication

    Bulosan, Carlos.
  • The Human Zoo: A Novel

    The Human Zoo: A Novel

    Murray, Sabina
  • The Indios: A Novel

    The Indios: A Novel

    Palileo, Gloria Javillonar
  • The son of good fortune : a novel

    The son of good fortune : a novel

    Tenorio, Lysley A., 1972-

 

 

 

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