Filipino American Psychology

A Collection of Personal Narratives

by Kevin L. Nadal, Ph.D.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 15/07/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 360
ISBN : 9781452001883
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 360
ISBN : 9781452001890

About the Book

Filipino Americans are projected to become the largest Asian American population by 2010. As the second largest immigrant group in the country, there are approximately 3 million documented and undocumented Filipino Americans in the US. Filipino Americans are unique in many ways. They are descendants of the Philippines, a country that was colonized by Spain for over three centuries and by the US for almost 50 years. They are the only ethnic group that has been categorized as Asian American, Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and even as their own separate ethnicity. Because of diverse phenotypes, they are often perceived as being Asian, Latino, multiracial, and others. And contrary to the Model Minority Myth, Filipino Americans have experienced several health, psychological, and educational disparities, including lower college graduation rates and higher levels of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, depression, and suicide. Despite these disparaging statistics, Filipino Americans have made significant contributions to the US, ever since their first arrivals in October 1587- from their involvement in the United Farmworkers Movement to their roles in hip-hop culture and their presence in medicine, education, and the arts. However, Filipino Americans have also been referred to as the “Forgotten Asian Americans” because of their invisibility in mainstream media, academia, and politics. Filipino American Psychology: A Collection of Personal Narratives offers an intimate look at the lives of Filipino Americans through stories involving ethnic identity, colonial mentality, cultural conflicts, and experiences with gender, sexual orientation, and multiraciality. Writers courageously address how they cope with mental health issues- including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and suicide. Theories and concepts from the book’s predecessor, Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice can be applied through the voices of a diverse collection of Filipino Americans.

About the Author

Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal, Ph.D., is a professor, performer, activist, author, and pinoy who received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University in New York. As an assistant professor of psychology and mental health counseling at John Jay College of Criminal Justice- City University of New York, he is the author of Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice. A California-bred New Yorker, Kevin is also a stand-up comedian who was named one of People Magazine's hottest bachelors in 2006. He is known for his activism within the Filipino American community and his advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. He was awarded a fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and he has been featured on The Filipino Channel, the History Channel, Fox News, Philippine News, and Filipinas Magazine. In his spare time, he enjoys walking the streets of Manhattan with his dog, Christiano Tomas, while soaking in New York nightlife, theater, art, and activism.