Flippin': Filipinos on America

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Luis Francia, Eric Gamalinda
Asian American Writers' Workshop, 1996 - Literary Collections - 377 pages
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The Philippines, America's "showcase of democracy" and its only former colony in Asia, remains enigmatic to most Americans. What we know of this archipelago is very often condensed, filtered, or distorted y Western preconceptions and interpretations. Here, for the first time, are Filipino and Filipino American writers telling their lives in their own words. Here are stories of passion and betrayal, home and exile, the politics of the self and a nation in search of itself. Here are poems of such power and beauty that can rank among the best in the world. In these pages the reader will find familiar figures -- the greedy Marcoses, teenage gangs, game shows, rock star clones -- as well as characters and themes of every stripe and hue, from gay youngsters checking out surfer jocks in Hawai'i to Westernized girls coming out of convent school, from a searing recollection of gang rape to meditations on the spirit.



Altogether, these works provide a deeper image of the Philippines and of Filipinos in America, as seen by some of the best writers from both sides of the world. Ultimately, it gives a unique and vivid perspective of America as well.

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Contents

Or I May Be Brown But I Hear America Singin
1
The Man Who Thought He Looked Like Robert Taylor
12
Crossing Over NVM Gonzales
23
A Mans Reward is in Heaven F Sionil Jose
29
Fortress in the Plaza Linda TyCasper
44
Somethings Got to Give Bataan Faigao
54
Fugitive Colors Ninotchka Rosca
64
Sideshow Jessica Hagedorn
70
Manhattan Rain
225
sica
238
ics Anonymous
244
erica Ruth Elynia S Mabanglo
255
meber Fermin 1930
262
ghtfall Angeles City
268
Carillonneur Ricardo M de Ungria
278
Manila
280

The End of Awkwardness Edgard Poma
79
Home Peter Bacho
98
Elvis of Manila Eric Gamalinda
110
Two Deaths Marianne Villanueva
119
Her Wild American Self M Evelina Galang
126
Fredo Avila Gina Apostol
139
Night Sweats joel b
152
States of Being Bino Realuyo
160
Jungle Manhood Michael Sandoval
187
Sunset and Evening Star
218
Her First Night Away
296
Beetle on a String Vince Gotera
311
Jeepneyfying Noel Abubo Mateo
324
Cadenza Jose Wendell P Capili
326
Drinking Milk in the Dark Kitchen Jessica Nepomuceno
339
You Bring out the Writer in Me
352
Dragon Rene J Navarro
366
Acknowledgments
371
Copyright

About the author (1996)

Luis H. Francia is a poet, writer, and critic who has published two books of poetry. He edited the seminal Brown River, White Ocean, an anthology of Philippine literature in English. He teaches Asian American literature at Sarah Lawrence College.

Eric Gamalinda is the author of five books of poetry and fiction. He has been widely published in the United States and the Philippines.

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