A Brief (and Incomplete) List of Resources For a Mutual Regard BRIEF

Texts to further an understanding of Black-Filipino connectons
July 4, 2020

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Editor's Note: This list is a companion resource to Patrick Rosal's essay, "Mutual Regard: A Love Letter for the Origins of Black-Filipino Resistance."

Memes and other social media posts rarely reveal their sources, which poses a serious problem for scholars of Filipino descent, as their research labor is erased. Particularly for Filipino Americans, this means much of the energy invested not just in the research itself, but in fighting to make that research available — in one's department, discipline — is dismissed. People risk their careers with such commitment, which is in fact vital to our understanding of the construction of the idea of America. I am not a historian or theorist by training, but as a poet, I've had to learn some of their tools. Below is a brief bibliography of books that have been sources of information and even inspiration when thinking about Black-Filipino mutual regard. I acknowledge that the list is painfully incomplete. I encourage readers to familiarize themselves with the incredible efforts of our Filipino researchers. I am deeply grateful to the networks of thinking, feeling, writing, and making that make my own wondering possible.

— Patrick Rosal


Gina Apostol, Insurrecto

Christine Balance, Tropical Renditions

Nerissa Balce, Body Parts of Empire

Jason Bayani, Locus

Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns, Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire

W.E.B. Du Bois, Souls of Black Folk

Luis Francia, A History of the Philippines from Indios Bravos to Filipinos

Eric Gamalinda, Amigo Warfare

Willard B. Gatewood Jr., Smoked Yankees

Abe Ignacio, Enrique de la Cruz, Jorge Emmanuel, Helen Toribio, The Forbidden Book: The Philippine-American War in Political Cartoons

Allan Punzalan Isaac, American Tropics

Aimee Suzara, Souvenir

Vince Schleitwiler, Strange Fruit of the Black Pacific

Vestiges of War, edited by Angel Velasco Shaw and Luis H. Francia

Positively No Filipinos Allowed, edited by Antonio T. Tiongson, Ric V. Gutierrez and Ed V. Gutierrez

Affairs in the Philippine Islands: Hearings Before the Committee on the Philippine Islands, U.S. Senate, Volumes 1-3

Carter G. Woodson, The Mis-Education of the Negro


Patrick Rosal

Patrick Rosal is a multi-disciplinary artist and author of four books, most recently Brooklyn Antediluvian, winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize. He has taught at Princeton University, the University of Texas, Austin, Sarah Lawrence College and has earned fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright Senior Research Program. A professor at Rutgers-Camden, he has led workshops for youth, incarcerated populations, and many other communities across the U.S.