"This astonishing and comprehensive book articulately expresses the complexities of our history and relating that knowledge to discover and apply it to forming our true identity. Are we Asian American, Pacific Islander, Hispanic? Why are we referred to as the "forgotten Asian Americans" and our profound influence on society both culturally and economically remain invisible? With this book, 2.4 million Filipinos’ voices will finally be heard.
From 1897-1898, one of the greatest painters of all time, Paul Gauguin created his masterpiece (currently at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston), Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? It is the work of art used in classrooms across the world to illustrate the philosophical intrigue of human beings about human beings.
Kevin Nadal’s book, for Filipinos and the like, is the modern day literary equivalent of Gauguin’s painting, the true grand culmination of all the thoughts and answers of the Filipino Identity. Nadal’s book may not be in a museum one day, but it will be the resource, reference, and learning tool in classrooms and libraries across the world for which we must applaud and appreciate."
- Raphael John Oriel
Asian Journal/ Life EASTyle
Academic and Consulting References:
“Kevin Nadal’s first book is an impressive and much appreciated contribution to the field. And, while this will certainly serve as a useful tool for clinicians working with Filipino American clients, his book also serves to enrich a non-clinical discussion on the Filipino American experience that too often, goes unheard. I am particularly grateful for his efforts to illustrate the diversity housed within the AA/PI community, as well as his dedication to both academic and non-academic audiences.”
- Marcia Liu
"It was wonderful to have Kevin read in our space. Twice! Though the two events were very different, an Asian American comedy night and a reading in support of his new book, both were equally memorable. He's an incredible spirit to behold, empowering, empathic, slipping hard truths in between laughs. We're very proud to have been able to support this very important, groundbreaking work."
Public Programs Director at The Asian American Writers' Workshop
"It is an honor for PNOY Apparel to be the official clothing sponsor for Kevin Nadal's Filipino American Psychology Book Tour. Kevin's book came at the most perfect time. With more and more Filipinos in mainstream, young Filipino Americans are becoming more nationalistic and his book is the perfect resource for "Know History."
-Ellezar "Zar" Javier
The PNOY Apparel Company Inc
"As a first generation Filipina American, I am both proud of and inspired by Kevin Nadal. His talks are relatable, insightful and humorous and his book is the first great resource about the Filipino psyche. I highly recommend it!"
"It was an inspirational opportunity to meet Dr. Kevin Nadal and hear his stories. I sat there in the audience in absolute awe of the words this man spoke. Finally, someone who spoke my language! As a young filipino male growing up in north america, these are the kind of role models we never saw on tv. Our story is one that needs to be told more often. It's empowering to know people like Dr. Kevin Nadal are already doing so."
Toronto Kapisanan Centre
"Dr. Kevin Nadal recently presented for UCSF Child and Adolescent Service located at San Francisco General Hospital. He spoke to an audience of multicultural pre-doctoral clinical psychology trainees, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff. From the moment he began to speak on his new book, Filipino American Psychology, his dynamic presence and passion for his work was clear. He provided historical knowledge, demographic information, and research findings that proved very informative for a group of clinicians who are invested in continuing to develop cultural awareness in their service-delivery. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and would have him back in a heartbeat."
-Miriam Martinez, Ph.D.
UCSF Clinical Professor, Psychiatry & Pediatrics
“Dr. Nadal is one of the best trainers and facilitators that I have encountered, especially around issues of diversity, power, and privilege. He has a mastery of the issues that is unparalleled and a training demeanor that is engaging and professional. I highly recommend him for organizations looking to engage in staff development around cultural competency.”
Harlem Community Justice Center
“I have had the opportunity to work with Kevin on various projects and in various roles. Having collaborated with Kevin on research, as well as multicultural-oriented workshops/presentations, I have witnessed his ability to ground his work in research and theory. Not only is he motivational and detail-oriented, he can also think quickly on his feet and produces high quality work. He is a joy to work with and knowing him has enriched my experience.”
David Rivera, M.S.,
Graduate Student, Teachers College, Columbia University
“I served as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Nadal's Introduction to Psychology course at John Jay College. As a professor, Dr. Nadal was creative, contemporary, and dynamic while giving a thorough survey of psychology. As a mentor, he has been consistently an open and warm communicator, asking for and giving feedback as appropriate. He has always been willing to help in many different capacities, and I learned a lot from him!”
-Kate Metzler, Ed.M.,
Graduate Student, Teachers College, Columbia University
“Kevin is innovative, inspiring, and one of the best people I have partnered with on both school-related initiatives as well as many additional side projects. One cannot lose out with the caliber of Kevin's talents and commitment behind his work. And as a fellow committed activist to social justice, Kevin is an excellent ally. I fully endorse Kevin's amazing work in whatever capacity he is in.”
-Melissa Carino, MRP
Boston Women's Fund
“Kevin Nadal has been a major influence in both my personal and professional development. He has been continuously supporting and guiding me through the challenging hardships I have now overcome since my transition into New York from Los Angeles. His encouraging words, constant communication, and creative methods has been vital to improving my overall development. He is intelligent, kind, creative, original, personable, and a very good listener. I highly recommend Kevin to whatever future endeavors he may have.”
New York, NY
“I've known Kevin both as a friend and a colleague for more than a decade, and he is one of the most motivated, entrepreneurial people I know. He is a true visionary who makes his mark in many ways, whether it be as a community activist, performance artist or an educator.”
“Kevin is a skilled facilitator trainer and trusted mentor, with the depth and breadth of personal experience that give him the ability to relate to people from all walks of life. The team of ROOTED facilitators flourished under his guidance as he had the remarkable ability to create a warm, supportive environment in any situation.”
Former Student, Barnard College
“Kevin is an excellent and effective advisor. He is very knowledgeable in many aspects of education (e.g., higher education, psychology, and ethnic groups). Kevin is passionate in his work and has the drive to educate/ support students to learn their direction in life and career. Kevin uses factual history and his extensive psychology background to inspire many people through guidance or leadership training programs. In closing, Kevin will provide and share his expert knowledge, convey it effectively, and provide sufficient results.”
-Jason Barrios, RN
Former Student, Michigan State University
“Kevin was a wonderful and knowledgeable resource at the Intercultural Resource Center. Not only does he possess a wide berth of interpersonal skills, but he is also incredibly informed on issues dealing with oppression in today's society. He is sure to be an asset in any workplace. I highly recommend Kevin.”
Former Student, Columbia University
Audience Reactions from Comedy Shows:
“A fun energy that had me laughing and made me think…”
Vincent Fordyce, NYC Comedian
“At the intersection of art, poetry, music, and education, one will find Kevin Nadal.”
-Dr. Charlene P. Lobo,
University of San Francisco
“A laugh-fest for Filipinos, New Yorkers, the denizens of hetero world and homo world…"
-Jan Mahinay Padios, New York University
"Kevin Nadal’s show is AMAZING!!! Sex, love, & karaoke? Who could ask for more?”
-Marc P. Johnston, University of Arizona
“A very energetic performance that sheds light on the world of Pilipino Americans…”
-Rufio Who, Los Angeles Comedian