Baybayin: The Role of a Written Language in the Cultural Identity and Socio-Psychological Well-Being of Filipinos
Camba, Allan Torres
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CitationCamba, Allan Torres. 2021. Baybayin: The Role of a Written Language in the Cultural Identity and Socio-Psychological Well-Being of Filipinos. Master's thesis, Harvard University Division of Continuing Education.
AbstractThe lingering problem of inferiority complex due to colonial mentality and the increasing threat of globalization as dominant cultures becomes the referenced culture is a growing concern to many Filipinos. This research aims to investigate the connection between the Baybayin writing system with the cultural identity and socio-psychological well-being of Filipinos. Using a phenomenological research method, this study analyzed the Baybayin writing system’s role in the cultural identity and socio-psychological well- being of Filipinos who still uses the writing system and processed their answers through horizontalization. In the horizontalization process, certain statements were lifted out of the transcripts and recorded on a separate piece of paper—forming core themes from the participants' answers. It was found that with the lingering problem of inferiority complex due to colonial mentality, the Baybayin provides; 1) a cultural/national visual identity or symbol to the Filipino people, 2) a unifying factor that offers a sense of communal pride, belongingness, and social connection among various communities of Filipinos in the Philippines and abroad, and 3) a sort of emotional expression and psychological upliftment to people. This research definitively answers the correlation between the Baybayin writing system with the cultural identity and socio-psychological well-being of the diaspora of advocates, artists, and scholars. Further studies are needed to have a greater understanding of the Baybayin’s role in the cultural identity and socio- psychological well-being of the other groups of Filipinos who still uses the Baybayin like the Mangyan tribes in Mindoro.
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