A summer reading list for the intellectually curious.
A personal odyssey through history, a postmortem on the Arab uprising as it played out (and unraveled) in Egypt and Syria, and an exhaustively researched new look at the Carter administration are just a few of this year's summer picks for the ponderous. (Readers of a voracious disposition can check out last year's beach reads here).
RECOMMENDED READING FOR:
sociologists, stereotype debunkers, and critical race theorists
Are Filipino Americans Asian, Latino, or something else entirely? Though classified by the U.S. Census as Asian, centuries of Spanish colonialism has left many Filipino-Americans feeling more Latino than Asian. “When it comes to the way we think about race, Filipinos are really hard to place,” says Anthony Christian Ocampo in an interview with NPR’s Renee Lamontagne. In his book The Latinos of Asia, Ocampo draws on survey analysis, in-depth interviews, and personal narrative to explore how the Filipino story is changing the way people negotiate race—particularly in cities like Los Angeles—shattering static, reductive categorizations of both Asian Americans and Latinos.
"Essential reading not only for the Filipino diaspora but for anyone who cares about the mysteries of racial identity"