Hello! My name is Camille and I’m guest writing for today’s post. I met dear Nancy at a conference where we discussed the beauty of life as a multiethnic person in our own multiethnic families. Our friendship flourished since then!
Today, I want to introduce you to a favorite book in our family…
But first a little about me: I grew up in an eclectic household: my mom is an immigrant from the Philippines and my dad is a part of the African diaspora by way of Mississippi. My home life was immersed in Filipino culture with a soundtrack of Mississippi delta blues always in the background. My upbringing as a partial first generation American in a half-immigrant household was enriched with an understanding of this country while maintaining a deep respect for “the Filipino way.” I’ve always desired to know more about my mother’s homeland in the same way that I would take history lessons in class.
It’s been nearly 20 years since my schooldays, but I’ve finally found the book that I’ve always wanted! Thankfully, it’s coming just in time for me to raise my kids to better understand themselves and the country their grandma calls home.
My cousin bought the All About the Philippines book for my daughter earlier this year with a simple note: “Never forget where you came from.” I know that it’s for my daughter… but I. Just. Can’t. Put. It. Down. Never could I imagine that I would have a book, written by Filipino women, that would depict the many layers of our homeland in beautiful words and stunning imagery. Within a week of receiving it I showed it off to my Filipino friends.
How well do you know about the ancestral voyages to the Philippines or the story of Philippine Independence? Do you know why Filipinos are so diverse in their looks, cultures, and religions? Where can you find introductions to the country’s many languages? Want to learn a children’s song or popular games in the Philippines? Need a first-hand account on how to live in a land of earthquakes, volcanoes, and typhoons?
I kid you not when I say that it’s all this book! The beautiful interweaving on our multilayered country stuns me regularly. I’m obviously partial to this book because it’s tied to my ancestral homeland—but this is a great read for introducing children (or yourself) into the vibrancy of the Philippines even if you're not from the Philippines.
My husband and I plan to worldschool our children; thus, we want to ensure that their education is authentically rooted in a place of empathy, understanding, and relationship for other cultures. Allowing children to read books such as this removes them from the mentality of a “tourist” and introduces them to the sensitive spaces of humility & friendship.
Though there is much to love about this book my favorite part of it is the publishing company: Tuttle Publishing. There are so few books available providing honest depictions of Asian histories and cultures. Tuttle is dedicated to expanding meaning dialogue and information about Asian countries through their books.
If you’re interested in learning more about different countries in Asia then I recommend purchasing one of the many “All About…” books from Tuttle. They’re written by writers from these countries who are passionate about their homelands and providing honest introductions into their parts of the world. It’s people writing about themselves and the homes they love – no exotification, stereotypes, or exploitation. I plan on expanding our library with more of these titles. I hope you can join me in introducing your children to the amazing cultures and histories of these Asian countries…
All About China
All About Indonesia
All About Japan
All About Korea
All About Thailand
All About the Philippines
Thanks for reading!
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California based Ghanaian-German educator, writer, bookworm and mama of three. A lover of all things nature, diversity & healthy.
"Education is nothing else than discovery.
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My name is Nancy. I'm a teacher, home educator, wife, mother, writer and accidental German-Ghanaian transplant to the U.S., in love with California and all things diversity.