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Kapwa: The Self in the Other

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“The Filipino reader will find in this book a collection of cultural parables, a map that he may hopefully use to trace his way home.” – from the Foreword, Randolf S. David
Paperback, 392 pages
Published 2005 by Anvil Publishing
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RE de Leon
I could cut this book in half and be happier for it. "Kapwa" was the book that introduced me to the world of Virgilio Enriquez and Filipino psychology, and for that I am thankful.

The book's premise is that it's a case study of artists who serve as bearers of Filipino culture. The first part, the part that gives an overview of Filipino psychology and then sets up the premise of the book, is great stuff. But then you get to the actual case narratives and the book shifts to a tone far too personal
was unable to finish this book. it was exciting that there was a book concerning precolombian pinoy philosophy, ideas, mores, etc. but the author's tone was too much to take. the author is a german ex-pat wife of the filmmaker, kidlat tahimik. i am a huge fan of his films especially 'perfumed nightmare' so a book written by his wife was even more exciting for me. however, her fetishization of the culture and her patronizing communication of what she was so blessed to learn about was too much to ...more
Did not finish reading this one.

KAPWA started pretty amazing, with its chunky but accessible, and very meaningful breakdown of Virgilio Enriquez's Sikolohiyang Pilipino concepts of Filipino (individual and community) personhood, and she brought up this wonderful concept of culture bearing artists and the tacit knowledge these artists tap into in creating their art. Unfortunately, the book then declined into a fanatical and polarizing, accusatory tone that I found offensive and was more about th
A really good read for Filipino artists
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