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The History of the Philippines - Kathleen Nadeau

Impossible Dream: The Marcoses, the Aquinos, and the Unfinished Revolution - Sandra Burton

Edge of Terror - Scott Walker

Noli Me Tangere - Jose Rizal
El Filibusterismo - Jose Rizal

Foreignness and Veangeance: On Rizal's "El Filibusterismo" - Vicente Rafael

Cononiality of Power, Eurocentrism, and Latin America - Anibal Quijano

The Rape of Nanking - Iris Chang 

In our Image - America's Empire in the Philippines - Stanley Karnow

To The Person Sitting in Darkness - Mark Twain

Framing Citizenship: Media Coverage of Anti-deportation Cases Led by Undocumented Immigrant Youth Organisations - Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies - Caitlin Patler and Roberto G. Gonzales 
(Note: This article was sent to me by Dr. Gonzales, being connected with him on social media.)

Learning to be Illegal: Undocumented Youth and Shifting Legal Contexts in the Transition to Adulthood - Roberto Gonzales

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz

Half The Sky - Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn 

The Vampire Lestat - Anne Rice 

Lives in Limbo - Dr. Robergo Gonzales

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