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Eileen R. Tabios: The Rebel’s Son

Skinny. Toys of twigs, cracked stones,two matchboxes cradling spiders,an earthworm in a tin can. Ignored by neighbors fussing over mother fussingover father's impending arrival.Hums to himself as women weep over their best bowls and platterscreated by foregoingyesterdays' meals. What they offer is meager: also more than generous.Skinny. Approaches the table—hears a grumble begin beneath his … Continue reading Eileen R. Tabios: The Rebel’s Son

Anjelica Enaje (amenaje): {Maria Clara Speaks} This Is What Decolonization Looks Like

Decolonization is a messy desk, and that can be taken literally or metaphorically. — amenaje, 06/18/2020 My decolonization process began in late 2014, in my second-to-last semester of college (undergraduate studies). The term "decolonization" did not enter into my vocabulary yet, but its intense presence was felt at the time. It was from reading Carlos … Continue reading Anjelica Enaje (amenaje): {Maria Clara Speaks} This Is What Decolonization Looks Like

Lisa Factora-Borchers: On anti-racist work

As a facilitator and activist, part of anti-racist work is being able to transform anti-Black sentiment with folx who swear they are "not racist." Racialized perspective relies heavily on implicit bias, meaning: you may not even be conscious that your thought patterns are prejudicial and/or discriminatory toward others. Lately, I've found myself offering countless resources … Continue reading Lisa Factora-Borchers: On anti-racist work

Beverly Parayno: Strength in Subtlety: Mini-Interview with Veronica Montes

When I first heard of Veronica Montes’ collection Benedicta Takes Wing and Other Stories (Philippine American Literary House, 2018) through a friend, I got excited about reading prose from a Pinay writer from the Bay Area—especially one that published with an indie press. The last books I’d read with familiar settings are Janice Sapigao’s Microchips … Continue reading Beverly Parayno: Strength in Subtlety: Mini-Interview with Veronica Montes

Princess Fernandez: Inktober/Fil-Am History Month Mash-up: Days 1-4

DAY 1: Rise Dawn Mabalon sits herself at the seemingly impossible Great American Dinner Table. She put us back into the conversation, sa mga salas, the ones we claimed as ours long ago. Without her, there would be no “Bebot: Generation One” music video. Ruby Ibarra weaves herself a tapestry of hardcore Pinayhood. Circa91 exposes … Continue reading Princess Fernandez: Inktober/Fil-Am History Month Mash-up: Days 1-4