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Filipinos in New York City

By Kevin L. Nadal, Ph.D. and Filipino American National Historical Society - Metropolitan New York Chapter

After the Spanish-American War in 1898, many Filipinos immigrated to New York City, mostly as students, enrolling at local institutions like Columbia University and New York University. Some arrived via Ellis Island as early as 1915, while Filipino military servicemen and Navy seafarers settled in New York after both World Wars I and II. After the Asian Immigration Act of 1965, many Filipinos came as professionals (e.g., nurses, physicians, and engineers) and formed settlements in various ethnic enclaves throughout the five boroughs of New York. Over the years, Filipinos have contributed significantly to New York arts and culture through Broadway theater, fashion, music, film, comedy, hip-hop, poetry, and dance. Filipino New Yorkers have also been successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, community leaders, and politicians, and some, sadly, were victims of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.

That's So Gay! Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community

By Kevin L. Nadal, Ph.D.

People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) experience subtle forms of discrimination, also known as microaggressions. Microaggressions are commonplace interactions that occur in a wide variety of social settings, including school or the workplace, among friends and family, and even among other LGBT people. These accumulated experiences are associated with feelings of victimization, suicidal thinking, and higher rates of substance abuse, depression, and other health problems among members of the LGBT community. In this book, Kevin Nadal provides a thought-provoking review of the literature on discrimination and microaggressions toward LGBT people. The generous use of case examples makes the book ideal for gender studies courses and discussion groups. Each case is followed by analysis of the elements involved in microaggressions and discussion questions for the reader to reflect upon.

This book includes advice for mental health practitioners, organizational leaders, educators, and students who want to adopt LGBT-accepting worldviews and practices. It has tips for how to discuss and advocate for LGBT issues in the realms of family, community, educational systems, and the government.

Introducing Two Books on Filipino American Psychology!

Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice

Edited by Kevin L. Nadal, PhD

Foreword by Derald Wing Sue

John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

A landmark volume exploring contemporary issues affecting Filipino Americans, as well as the most successful mental health strategies for working with Filipino American clients

Addressing the mental health needs of the Filipino American population—an often invisible, misunderstood, and forgotten group—Filipino American Psychology provides counselors and other mental health practitioners with the knowledge, awareness, and skills they can use to become effective and culturally competent when working with their Filipino American clients.

Filipino American Psychology begins by looking at the unique cultural, social, political, economic, and mental health needs of Filipino Americans. Noted expert—and Filipino American—Kevin Nadal builds on a foundational understanding of the unique role and experience of Filipino Americans, offering strategies for more effective clinical work with Filipino Americans in a variety of settings.

A must-read for mental health professionals as well as educators and students in the mental health field, Filipino American Psychology is an insightful look at the Filipino American community and the nuances of the Filipino American psyche.

Table of Contents: Foreword (Derald Wing Sue.)Preface.Acknowledgements.Chapter One Introduction to Filipino American Psychology. Chapter Two Filipino and Filipino American Cultural Values. Chapter Three Racial and Ethnic Identity Development for Filipino Americans. Chapter Four Colonial Mentality of Filipino Americans. Chapter Five Filipino American Groups and Communities.Chapter Six Filipino Americans and the Model Minority Myth: Contemporary experiences in education, health, and society.Chapter Seven Filipino American Experiences with Gender and Sexual Orientation. Chapter Eight Multiracial, Multiethnic, and Adopted Filipino Americans. Chapter Nine Mental Health Experiences and Psychotherapy with Filipino Americans.

Filipino American Psychology: A Collection of Personal Narratives

Edited by Kevin L. Nadal, PhD

Foreword by Dorothy Laigo Cordova
Afterword by E.J.R. David, Ph.D.

AuthorHouse Publishing

Book Launch Date: July 20, 2010

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.

Table of Contents: Foreword by Dorothy Laigo Cordova || Preface by Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal, Ph.D. || No More Moments of Silence by Emily P. Lawsin || Section 1: Who Am I? Ethnic Identity Development of Filipino Americans || “The Influence of Filipino American Role Models” by Judy Patacsil, Psy.D. “No Small Feat” by Melanie Dimaguila Lantin || “From New York to London: The Ultimate Filipino American Mash-Up” by Ryan T. Punzalan || “How did I get here?” by Gem Daus, M.A. || “Why do all the Filipino kids sit together?” by EJ Baril || “My Santo Nino Travels First-Class” by Clarissa V. Aljentera || “Fil-Am Ako: The Battle for Identity” by Kristian Tungol || Section 2: Cultural Conflicts and Colonial Mentality || “Voice Lessons” by Charlene Lobo-Soriano, Ed.D. || “Journey of a Super Pinay” by Annalisa Burgos || “First and Lasting Impressions: The Immigrant Experience” by Luther R. Tamayo, M.D. || “A, B, and C: Confessions from the Father of the Bride” by Bert Guiang || “Filipino Matters” by Kimmy Maniquis || We Have Colonial Mentality: An Honest Call to the Filipino American Community” by E. J. R. David, Ph.D. ||“Beautifully Brown: The Quest of the Single Filipina American” by Cristina Rosales || Section 3: Filipino American Contemporary Experiences and Communities || "Where’s the Professor?”A Filipina’s (non)reflections in the academic world” by Dina C. Maramba, Ph.D. || “Innocence at Dusk” by KM Vigilia Escobar || “I Felt Like I Was His Hope” by Anthony Ben Cabangun || “You Bring out the Pin@y in me: Pilipino in Progress” by Mathilda Minerva de Dios || “Balikbayan and Bayanihan: Who’s Coming and Who’s Going?” by Ben de Guzman || “Distracted and Not Even Knowing It: Living with a Learning Disability” by Nathan Panelo, Ed.M. || “Welcome to the Filipino American Community: Positively No Second Generation Allowed?” by Reynaldo I. Monzon, Ph.D. || Section 4: Intersectional Identities of Filipino Americans || “I am a Tomboy” by Melissa J. H. Corpus, MA || "From Exile to Homecoming” by Reverend Noel E. Bordador || “beauty queens are queer too, no matter what your mama thinks” by k. ulanday barrett || “Identity in Progress: A Mixed Perspective” by Marc P. Johnston || “Opposite Sides of the World” by Camille Pogorevcnik || “No Need For Baby Pictures: A Filipina Adoptee Story” by Lorial E. Crowder || Section 5: Mental Health and Psychotherapy || “I Have Writer’s Block: Maneuvering through the Blocks & Barriers” by Melissa Cariño || “Pre and Post Trauma: Lessons from a Fil-Am Vietnam Vet” by Joey Tabaco || “A Road to Authenticity & Trusting the Process: A Brown Pinay Queer Woman’s Journey” by Sharon Chia Claros || “Awakening The Revolutionary Love For Self” by DJ Kuttin Kandi || “Into the Crevasse” by Julian Tamayo || “I’m a Survivor: Finding My Story” by Ava Echaves Morrow || “The Truth Shall Set You Free” by Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal, Ph.D. || Afterword by E. J. R. David, Ph.D.

Women and Mental Disorders

Edited by Paula Lundberg-Love, Ph.D., Kevin L. Nadal, Ph.D., and Michele Paludi, Ph.D.

In the last two decades, feminist therapists and scholars have called for new models of mental health that value women and femininity. To that end, the four-volume Women and Mental Disorders brings together recent research and theory to explore its subject from a feminist perspective. This exhaustive set treats every aspect of women's mental health, from diagnoses to treatment.

Underlying the entire work is an awareness of varying cultural definitions of mental health and the importance of understanding a woman's cultural background if treatment is to be respectful and successful. Special attention is also paid to women who have been victims of violence, whether in intimate relationships, the workplace, or at school, and to how these experiences impact mental and physical health, self-concept, interpersonal relationships, and career development. Approaches to treating women with eating disorders, agoraphobia, anxiety and depression, PTSD, and personality disorders are covered as well. Finally, the set provides resources to help readers address their own needs or those of friends and family.

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