As Flip as I Want to be: Ruminations on the Filipino American Experience
George Estrada's first book, "I Have Tasted the Sweet Mangoes of Cebu," broke the mold of Asian American literature. It was brash, controversial and fresh-and took us on a delirious ride through exotic landscapes, shopping malls and Internet romances."As Flip As I Want to Be" is a collection of columns from Estrada's work with the "Philippine Times of Las Vegas." Here you will hear the pounding rains of Quezon City, feel the mass exultation of a U.S. citizenship ceremony, ponder the beauty of fake Rolex watches, listen to Tom Cruise speaking in Russian, and meet a Filipino NFL quarterback. You will rock out with a Filipino heavy-metal god, meet a Filipino rapper, and go all-in in a high stakes poker tournament. Saddle up and take another wild ride through the Filipino American experience."These commentaries come from a place of searching, of journeying, of process."-Oscar Pe aranda, author and scholar."Estrada's book is written with the incisiveness of a seasoned journalist. I recommend it."-Prof. Leo Paz, chairman of Philippine Studies, City College of San Francisco.
"Estrada is talented, insightful and tuned into the Filipino American Experience."-Dorothy and Fred Cordova, co-directors, Filipino American National Historical Society.