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Banyaga: A Song of War

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  13 reviews
"Banyaga's unflinching and unforgettable portrait of three immigrants and their familial, business, romantic, political and social entanglements over eight decades effectively demystifies the lingering myth-understandings surrounding the 'Chinese.' But Ong's main achievement lies in his revelation of the wondrous alchemy that turns foreigner into Filipino and, just as impo ...more
Paperback, Book Paper, 368 pages
Published 2006 by Anvil Publishing
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Lou
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Unexpectedly pleasing.
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I badly wanna read this book rn
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Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-school-books
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Veeeeeery confusing. I enjoyed the historical background and atmospheric descriptions, but I could not follow the characters' journeys for the life of me. ...more
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Langley Gratuito
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Charlson Ong's Banyaga simply put is an epic.

This is a fictional account of the entire history of the Filipino- Chinese, from their first immigration to the Philippines up to their contemporary struggle. Literally the title "song of war" is an allusion to the epic-like quality of the book, a song of struggles and triumphs of this people in their attempt to settle in the Philippines.

Reading this feels like reading Amy Tan (author of Joy Luck Club). The writing styles are of course different. But
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Aimee Capinpuyan
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Don't be dissuaded by all the changes in the characters' names. This novel is an excellent work of Filipino historical fiction. It's the first novel I've ever read about the Chinese-Filipino identity.

There's also a lot of Hokien words here that never get translated in the text, so it pays to have some background in Chinese language and culture.
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Giselle Banzon
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
The name shifts of the characters make it confusing to read, but the story itself is amazing. It depicts another version of Philippine society (and history) that I wasn't exposed to before reading this novel. ...more
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Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I rarely finish required readings in school but this one got me hooked. My favorite required reading in my entire school life (and it's local!). ...more
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Charlson L. Ong , resident fellow of the Institute of Creative Writing and fictionist/scriptwriter/singer extraordinaire, was born on July 6, 1960. He obtained an A.B. in Psychology from the University of the Philippines in 1977, and currently teaches literature and creative writing under UP's Department of English and Comparative Literature. He has joined several writers' workshops here and abro ...more

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