Booking Through Thursday: Patriotism 10

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme, hosted by btt2, about (mostly) books and reading.

 

Question for the week:

So, Fourth of July here in the USA … Do you ever read books that could be considered patriotic? Rousing stories of heroes? History? Brave countrymen & women doing bold things?

What would you recommend if somebody asked you for something patriotic–no matter what your country?

Be as specific or as general as you like?

 

I’m a Filipino, born and raised in the Philippines, who moved to Canada two and a half years ago. I’m a permanent resident here and will go for my citizenship next year. Canada is a country with a lot of different cultures and traditions. Most of the people here came from somewhere else yet we manage to get along just fine (most of the time). Most of the people I’ve met so far are very proud Canadians and they consider themselves to be really lucky that they are Canadians. It gets irritating sometimes that most of them argue that Canada is the best country to be in right now. I admire them for their patriotism and I believe Canada really is an awesome country to live in. I just don’t like how they think everywhere else isn’t as good when they haven’t been anywhere else. For someone who’s from the complete opposite side of the planet, I still don’t know where the best place to live in is (for me, at least).

Even though in a year or so from now I will be both a Canadian and a Filipino citizen (dual citizenship), I will always be a Filipino in my heart and soul. Though, I don’t let that stop me from learning about other cultures and embracing the ones I like. We just had Canada Day on July 1st and it was interesting. It felt like everyone took a break from their lives, went camping, and forgot about their problems and worries. Everyone was smiling and they were with their families. It was a really nice feeling to be in the middle of that.

As for books, I’ve only read a couple from high school: ‘Noli Me Tanghere’ and ‘El Filibusterismo’. They were requirements and I read them in the Filipino language (not even the conversational language, but the old deeper language that you’d need a dictionary and translator for). The reading part was tough and I hated it, but the story was very patriotic and inspiring. These were the two books written by the Philippines’ national hero, Jose P. Rizal. It was what awakened and opened the eyes of Filipinos when we were under the Spaniard occupation (the Spanish took over the Philippines for more than 300 years). He was executed for it later on.

 

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10 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Patriotism

  1. Reply Kristin@Blood,Sweat and Books Jul 4,2013 4:09 pm

    I think you can be Patriotic to both countries. Just because you’ll be part Canadian on paper doesn’t make you any less of a Filipino. It is where you grew up and I’m assuming where family is. Thanks for stopping by my BTT and sharing yours!!

    • Reply Andrea K. Jul 4,2013 5:42 pm

      Yeah, I grew up there but my family is here with me. 🙂 I’m very lucky we were one of those that came here together. 🙂

  2. Reply Vilia Jul 4,2013 10:30 pm

    National pride and how far to go with expressing it is a pretty controversial topic isn’t it? It is great that the people you came across on Canada Day were fairly inclusive. Racism keeps rearing its ugly head on Australia Day. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    • Reply Andrea K. Jul 5,2013 12:48 am

      It is one of the things I try to avoid talking about same as politics and religions. So far, most of the people I’ve met here (BC and Alberta provinces) have been very welcoming and they actually treat you like a person (not like a foreigner or anything like that). Thanks for viewing my blog! 🙂

  3. Reply Hazel Anastasia Jul 5,2013 2:29 am

    Noli and El Fili were presented to us in class through story form so I enjoyed both books immensely.

    • Reply Andrea K. Jul 5,2013 2:38 am

      I wish it was like that, I would have liked it better, I think. 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

  4. Reply Bibliophile Jul 5,2013 4:14 am

    You have some of the same problems with patriotism as I do. The “my country is the best” sentiment sends cold shivers down my spine because I know what it can lead to, but I do love my country, I just express it in more subtle ways.

    By the way, if you want to read an unsentimental but patriotic book about Canada, try “Welcome Home: Travels in Smalltown Canada” by Stuart MacLean.

    • Reply Andrea K. Jul 5,2013 12:38 pm

      Exactly. There are other ways we can express it without annoying everyone else around us.

      Sweet! Added that book on my TBR list and recommended it to my mom and sister as well. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. Reply Patricia @ Lady with Books Jul 5,2013 12:27 pm

    A lot of Americans have the same sentiments. It’s a kind of elitism that can be distressing to some. Americans are stuck in the mindset that the USA is still top dog or some such nonsense and haven’t adjusted well to global inclusion. People not of Caucasian decent have it worse since most Americans lump anyone with foreign features together regardless of where their ancestry originates from. I’m glad you have a better time of it in Canada and that your family is altogether.

    • Reply Andrea K. Jul 5,2013 1:23 pm

      It’s sad to say but I think so too. There are some Americans who still think the US is still the leading country and I used to think the same because of all the good things I’ve heard about it growing up, but I don’t think so anymore. My Mom even got declined for a tourist visa to the US when they planned on going to Vegas for a week. The embassy said she has no reason to stay in Canada (she’s a housewife and both me and my sister are adults and don’t live with her anymore) and she might end up staying there longer and being an illegal in the US. My Mom was like ‘Why would I want to stay in the US where there’s bombings and recession when I’m in Canada where there’s more jobs than the population and I’m safe and happy.’ I know it was bad but I just laughed and laughed.

      I’m really liking it here in Canada.I haven’t met anyone who thinks of me as a foreigner, Asian, Filipino, or whatsoever. People don’t treat me differently. I’m just like anybody else here – a person – and I love that. We’re very lucky and I’m forever grateful.

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