ERIC Number: EJ815290
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
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Fictionalized History in the Philippines: Five Narratives of Collective Amnesia
Ortiz, Will P.
Children's Literature in Education, v39 n4 p269-280 Dec 2008
The paper analyzes five historical fictions for children in the Batang Historyador (Young Historian) series which detail five periods in Philippine history. The books discuss the issues of child labor in precolonial Philippines, child labor and the right to education regardless of gender during the Spanish colonial period, child labor during the American Occupation, children as witnesses of history in the Japanese Occupation and Martial Law periods. The narratives reveal (consciously or unconsciously) how distortedly and inaccurately the past is told from the perspective of a colonized mind. The struggles of historians to review and revision history from a pro-Filipino consciousness were totally unheeded. The works attempt to throw light on issues of class, gender and children's rights but Filipino issues regarding culture, identity, politics and history were obliterated because the framework was tied to a "universal" notion of history.
Descriptors: War, Social Justice, Bias, Childrens Rights, Child Labor, Childrens Literature, Children, Foreign Countries, Asian History, History Instruction, Foreign Policy, Historiography, Historical Interpretation, Cultural Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Philippines