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This blog celebrates the beauty of Asian men by illustrating the depth and variety that is so often missed by those who make foolish statements like "All Asians look the same." It is primarily a photo blog, but I will also occasionally write comments related to Asian men and gay life as it relates to them.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Filipino-American History Month



Here in the States, the month of October is Filipino-American History Month. It was established in 1988 by the Filipino-American National Historical Society. It is particularly observed in California and Hawaii, but celebrations take place around the country as well. This year, 2006, is a particularly noteworthy year, because it marks the centennial of Philippine migration to the United States (source).



Trivia Question: Which United States president is closely associated with the history of the Philippines? answer at the bottom after the jump

I don't think these Filipino guys are all from America, but I'm sure you won't mind their helping us celebrate this month!....



























Answer: William Howard Taft served as Governor-General of the Philippines from 1901-1904.

5 comments:

Anthony said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE filipino guys! Great post. Fact: 98% of filipino boys are circumcised.

Anonymous said...

Great post :P

But just had to point this out...

Fact: 1) The United States is the only Western country where 50%+ boys are still circumcised and 2) 60-80% of the world's men are uncircumcised.

Circumcision is not needed.

Michael said...

Anthony/Anonymous....
I suspect that the prevalence of circumcision among Filipinos comes from the influence of the United States in the early 1900's when they exercised governorship over the Philippines. That was the same point at which circumcision was exponentially increasing in the US due to the influence of several medical and religious leaders who advocated its implementation. Unfortunately, the reasons proposed for it were based on faulty science and antiquated tradition, but that didn't slow its spread at all. Now, most in the US have their sons circumcised, but few could really tell you why.

Anonymous said...

the practice of circumcision dates further back from the colonial era. The arrival of Islam brought by traders introduced many of the practices Filipinos adhere today. This includes the use of the 'tabo' and circumcision. The practice continued throughout the days of colonialism, reason being it had its compatibilities with España's Doctrina Cristiana. Ask any Filipino parent why they practice circumcision, they'll link it to Jesus' circumcision as part of the reason.

Michael said...

Anonymous...
Interesting, that makes sense. Thanks for sharing the info!