Leny Mendoza Strobel, an eminent Filipina-American scholar, was recognized by the University of San Francisco's School of Education as its "Most Outstanding Student" in 1996 for the research project that resulted in Coming Full Circle. Her recent writings have appeared in the anthology, Postcolonial Theory and the US: Race, Ethnicity and Literature (University of Mississippi Press, 2000); Encounters: People of Asian Descent in the Americas (Rowman and Littlefield, 1999); Amerasia Journal (1993, 1996); The Other Side (May/June, 1995, Jan/Feb 2000); and the Paterson Literary Review (Issue 27, 1998). She holds the 2001 Gamaliel Chair for Peace and Justice of the Greater Milwaukee Campus Lutheran Ministry.
How can Filipinos in America begin to consciously unlearn and undo their colonized mentality? In Coming Full Circle: The Process of Decolonization Among Post-1965 Filipino Americans, Leny Mendoza Strobel offers a framework for decolonizing the Filipino mind through the recovery and re-imagination of Filipino identity and culture. The Filipino's emergence from the culture of silence to the development of critical consciousness enables him/her to reconceptualize the Filipino American experience in liberating and empowering ways.
Coming Full Circle highlights the importance of: naming and telling our stories; opening the doors to our memory and imagination; using Filipino language/s to express our deepest values; replacing colonial knowledge with Filipino cultural and historical knowledge; building community institutions; and integrating indigenous spirituality in our lives.
COMING FULL CIRCLE will be available at National book stores in Manila, and from Giraffe Books (tel/fax 632 928-9269 or GiraffeBooks@AOL.COM) in Quezon City
In San Francisco, it is available at ARKIPELAGO The Filipino Bookstore 953 Mission St. @The Mint Mall San Francisco, CA. 94103 Tel 415/777-0108 and FAX 415/777-0113 Hours: 10am-6pm EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org URL: www.arkipelagobooks.com
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