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Mahal: Expressing love in Filipino and Filipino American families

TitleMahal: Expressing love in Filipino and Filipino American families
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsNadal, KL
Book TitleThe psychology of love (Vols 1-4)
PublisherPraeger/ABC-CLIO; US
CitySanta Barbara, CA
ISBN Number978-0-313-39315-0 (Hardcover), 978-0-313-39316-7 (Electronic)
Accession NumberBook: 2012-08260-028
Keywords*Culture (Anthropological), *Experiences (Events), *Family Relations, *Love, *Self Expression, Communication, Culture & Ethnology [2930], Family, Human, Language, Mahal, love, expression, Filipinos, Filipino Americans, families, languages, romantic partners, parents, experiences, communication, cultural values, Parent Child Relations, Philippines US, Romance, Spouses, Values
Abstract(from the chapter) In Tagalog, one of the national languages of the Philippines, "love" is best translated by the word mahal.Mahal is used in many of the same ways that people use the word "love" in English. Individuals often refer to their intimate partners as "Mahal" in the same ways that Americans may use pet names such as "Love,""Baby," or "Honey." Filipinos often say "Mahal kita" ("I love you"), primarily to their romantic partners or the people they are trying to impress or "court." I am a second-generation Filipino American, which means that my parents immigrated from the Philippines as adults and I was born and raised in the United States. Throughout my life, I've learned that love can be experienced and communicated in a multitude of ways. When I was younger, I remember often telling my parents that I loved them, sometimes even on a daily basis. I'm fairly certain that this behavior was not something I learned from my immediate family or relatives because I don't recall hearing my parents tell each other "Mahal kita" or even seeing them kiss each other, at least not in the presence of us kids. For Filipino and Filipino American families (and other families with similar cultural values), love is everywhere. Sometimes one might have to look more closely to notice it. But the reason for this is likely not because the love is minimal or invisible. Instead, the love is omnipresent and understood, and there is no need to flaunt it. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved).
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