Amadio’s Box: How I Became Filipino

Just published my first non-scholarly book “Amadio’s Box: How I became a Filipino” with Anvil Publishing, Inc. in Manila.

Book is available online at the Anvil publisher web site.

Amadio's Box cover small

It also available at selected National stores in Manila:

NBS Glorietta, Powerbooks Greenbelt, NBS Katipunan, NBS Shangrila, NBS Alabang Town Center.

What’s it about: Back cover text

What makes someone a Filipino? This is the question this book attempts to answer. The American-born author is half Filipino by way of his father and half American by way of his mother. However, by a stroke of fate in 1948 he was taken to the Philippines to be educated as a Filipino from high school through to college. While in high school he announced, “On this day, August 18, 1950, I proclaim that from now and forevermore I am a Filipino!” In sixty or more years to follow the author proudly lived life in keeping with Filipino precepts even though he had only a vague idea of what these were and he no longer lived in the Philippines.

In Amadio’s Box the author explores these precepts and then, based on his conclusions, describes what he thinks are the qualities that distinguish him as a Filipino. The descriptions, based on his experiences, are presented in essays, short stories and articles, some factual, some fictional. The author hopes this approach will be appealing to Filipinos and would-be Filipinos who are continually trying to define their identity as Filipino.

About me

I am adjunct professor of intercultural understanding in the Graduate School of Humanities at Josai International University in Tokyo, Japan. I was born in the United States, but went to the Philippines in 1948 for high school education at Far Eastern University Boys High School and college education at Ateneo de Manila. After studying for a master’s degree in biology I worked for a few years as a research chemist before moving into book publishing, first, as an editor for Academic Press, Inc. and American Heritage Dictionary, then, as chief editor, international editions, University of Tokyo Press and as director of the United Nations University Press in Tokyo. After retiring at 61 in 1996, I joined the university where I now work. Among my previous publications are Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: Emerging Techniques, Kodansha International, 1977, Publishing in the Third World: Knowledge & Development, Heinemann Mansell, 1985 and an encyclopedic chapter on Book Publishing in Japan in International Book Publishing: An Encyclopedia. I am also into my third year of learning to make violins.


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