I speak good English? Your brother married Japanese? I live in Miami. I grew up in Milwaukee. Where am I FROM from? I was born in Harrisburg. I look Vietnamese? My parents were Philippine immigrants. Now they’re U.S. citizens. My brothers are naturalized citizens. Their children are all that makes the U.S. good. This blog is dedicated to their Filpino/German/Irish/English/Peruvian/Chinese American Selves. And to my good English as I explore the world around me. Enjoy and thanks for stopping in.
Me, Mike and Manny circa 1966
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Angel Goes to School
for the Students at UM, at IAIA and SFSU
Allyson Titiangco-Cubales' AAS 525 Class at SFSU and me on Google Hangout
The great thing about Angel being out in the world is that
she is connecting and disconnecting with readers on her own.I have been lucky these early days of
publication.Several classes have
already read and responded to Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious
I sat in on an American Immigrant Literatures Class taught
by my colleague, Donette Francis, at the University of Miami and witnessed an
impressive power point report by two female students.I learned in that classroom that Angel is not
always a sympathetic character – but then again, what teen is?
In Evelina Lucero’s (yes, Evelina Lucero) fiction workshop
at the Institute of Indian American Arts, the students created story maps.Here is Damien Moore’s full of haunting
images and beautiful details of the novel.
IAIA Student Damien Moore's Story Map
And then yesterday, over Google Hangouts, Dr. Allyson
Titianangco-Cubales and her Filipino American Literature students at San Francisco State University produced
creative responses and shared them with me.Some wrote poetry, others did movement, a soundtrack, a children’s
story with illustrations, a skit, and dramatic interpretation.Here is the link to a video poem that Conrad
Panganiban and his group produced.They
took lines from the novel and collaged them together, cutting images and sound
to the text and created this video poem.
My goal in writing a novel is to write a story
for me and my readers.It is a blessing
and a gift to receive these creative responses.I am grateful.I am
grateful.I am inspired by these