Now Available: Filipino American Psychology: A Collection of Personal Narratives

In 2009, Kevin L. Nadal launched his first book, Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice. The book offers a comprehensive look at the psyche of Filipino Americans.This book is the first of its kind and aims to promote visibility of this invisible group, so that 2.4 million Filipino Americans will have their voices heard.

Filipino American Psychology: A Collection of Personal Narratives is a sequel to Nadal’s first textbook and is a compilation of 35 stories relating to the various concepts involving Filipino American Psychology. I was very fortunate to offer my personal narrative in Nadal’s latest book. My personal narrative is “Fil-Am Ako: The Battle for Identity,” which is a look back at my life growing up in the states as a Filipino immigrant facing racism and adversity in a town that only wanted me to assimilate to Western culture.   The book will soon be available on amazon, borders, and, and hopefully will make it to a store near you.

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.

Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal, Ph.D., is a professor, psychologist, performer, activist, and author, who received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University. As an assistant professor of psychology and mental health counseling at John Jay College of Criminal Justice- City University of New York, he has published several works focusing on Filipino American, ethnic minority, and LGBTQ issues in the fields of psychology and education. In 2007, he led a vast international campaign against ABC Studios for the negative statements made about Filipino medical schools on the television show “Desperate Housewives.” A California-bred New Yorker, Kevin is also a part-time comedian and spoken word artist who has performed across the United States since 2000. He was named one of People Magazine’s hottest bachelors in 2006, he was a guest on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” and he has been featured on PBS, The Filipino Channel, the History Channel, HGTV, Philippine News, and Filipinas Magazine.

If you’re in the New York area, there will be book launch and reading at
John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
445 W. 59th Street (b/w 9th and 10th)
2nd Floor Multipurpose Room
Reading promptly at 6:30pm, followed by Book Signings
Featuring Dr. Kevin Nadal and other NYC Contributors
** A limited number of books will be available for signing, so arrive early **


Here is a 2009 interview with Kevin Nadal at Columbia College Chicago, where he explains why he decided to write Filipino American Psychology and why it is important for Filipino Americans to have their voices heard.

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