Edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
PALH, 2022, softcover, 151 pages ISBN 978–1‑953716262
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Asian and Philippine Folktales contains retellings of beloved Asian and Philippine folktales as retold by members of PAWWA (Philippine American Women Writers and Artists). This collection includes 25 stories from places such as Laos, Japan, Korea, Sumatra, Vietnam, China, Bali, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines. The book’s target audience is 8 and older.
PAWWA was founded in 1991 by a group of seven Filipina writers in Southern California. It was the first such support group for Filipina women writers. PAWWA’s founding members are: Valorie Slaughter Bejarano, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Mariquita Athena Davison, Fe Panalingan Koons, Susan N. Montepio, Cecile Caguingin Ochoa, and Nentuzka C. Villamar.
For six years, PAWWA received the highly competitive Multicultural Entry Grant from the California Arts Council (CAC), which PAWWA used to publish newsletters and books. When PAWWA’s CAC funding ran out in June 1998, the remaining members of PAWWA decided to move on, and PAWWA was dissolved.
This book is dedicated to the women of PAWWA who retold these beloved folktales.
These stories unlock a storehouse of cultural knowledge – of lessons learned from tapestries of words. Parents, children, and educators and all others who love “old-time stories” will enjoy this collection.” Herminia Meñez Coben, Folklorist, Author of Explorations in Philippine Folklore and Verbal Arts in Philippine Indigenous Communities: Poetics, Society, and History.
What a wonderful book! I know that when I read them to my grandchildren, I will also be that little girl again, enraptured by my nanny’s tales of the characters in these stories. ~ Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal, LCSW, Licensed Psychotherapist.