Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults

  • Published date: March 20, 2018

Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults is the highly-acclaimed collection of stories about the experience of growing up Filipino. Emerging and established award-winning writers are the authors of this fine collection of 29 stories about what it means to be young and Filipino in the Philippines and in the United States. Filipinos in America are now the second largest in the umbrella group of Asian Americans, yet there is a scarcity of books by and for Filipinos. This impressive array captures the complexities of both the Filipino culture and history and the realities of the lives of young adults no matter what their ethnic affiliation. Each story is assigned to one of five universal themes: family, angst, friendship, love, and home. Each story is introduced by a thumbnail sketch of the author and a paragraph or two about some element of Filipino culture or history that is relevant to the story. Authors include those born and continuing to live in the Philippine, emigres, and American-born Filipinos. 

BOOKLIST says, "The stories are delightful!" while SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL says, "These 29 short stories offer a highly textured portrait of Filipino youth and an excellent sampling of creative writing."

About the author: Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's recent novel is The Newspaper Widow, a literary mystery set in the Philippines in 1909 during the early years of the United State's colonial empire in Asia. Brainard is the author of two other novels: When the Rainbow Goddess Wept and Magdalena. Her three novels, three short story collections, and four books of non-fiction have all received favorable reviews. She has also edited and co-edited ten books. Her work has been translated into Finnish and Turkish; and her work has been widely anthologized. She has received a California Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction, a Brody Arts Fund, several travel grants from the USIS, and many other awards. Born and raised in Cebu, Philippines, she currently resides in California. Her website is She is also an avid blogger at
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