A Review of Xu Xi’s “That Man in Our Lives,” by Jennifer Lee

Xu Xi, raised in Hong Kong but long occupying the “flight path connecting New York, Hong Kong, and the South Island of New Zealand,” might be called a writer of the diaspora. But diasporic stories often move from origin to destination, periphery to center. This novel, however, has no center, no periphery; its origins are [Continue Reading…]

An Impressionistic Social-Intellectual History of R. Zamora Linmark’s “Rolling the R’s” on its 20th Anniversary

“Friend Request” by M. Evelina Galang “Vicente, hey. It’s me, Augustina. I don’t know if you remember me, but I did not forget you, Katrina, and Edgar. I was on my way to the Philippines. Nobody knew it, but I was pregnant and my parents were bringing me “home,” but first we stopped and visited [Continue Reading…]

R. Zamora Linmark

This small book would not have survived if not for the scholars/professors/lecturers who taught, and continue to teach, it in their classes, in colleges/universities/high schools (excerpts, though I’ve been told that it’s passed around stealthily among high schoolers). It is because of these teachers that the R’s, well, keep rolling. But I also want to [Continue Reading…]

“Rolling the R’s” Forum Response: Allan Punzalan Isaac

I met Zack Linmark in 1996. Rolling the R’s had just been released. Now, almost two decades later, Rolling has become a mainstay in my and many other Asian American literature classes across the United States. Hearing Zack speak about gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, postcolonialism, alternative Englishes, and experiments with genre and voice [Continue Reading…]

“Rolling the R’s” Forum Response: Sunyoung Lee

I never really thought about this before sitting down to write this, but editing is an incredibly intimate way to experience a book. It’s a bit like walking down the middle of empty, snow-covered Broadway in NYC right after a blizzard; you feel profoundly that no one else will know the street the way you [Continue Reading…]

“For Zack (that is for AALR to celebrate ‘Rolling the R’s’)” by Karen Tei Yamashita

It’s been awhile. Well, if we’re celebrating how many years of Rolling, is it one hundred already? Okay, it’s not that long ago, but this is not about Rolling. It’s about Zack, Zack as a newbie teacher of creative writing. It’s all very fuzzy now, but I think my colleague Micah Perks and I convinced [Continue Reading…]

“A++++: Zack Linmark’s ‘F For Book Report’” by Micah Perks

For the 100th year anniversary of Rolling The R’s I wanted to talk about my “bestest bestest” part, “F For Book Report,” the part I’ve taught over a dozen times in classes at UCSC. “F For Book Report” begins with the teacher’s directions to the students about how to write a book report, which includes [Continue Reading…]

“Kalihi in Farrah/Farrah in Kalihi: Marginalization and Appropriation in ‘Rolling the R’s'” by John Charles Goshert

you remember your voice / because you are American because you are a dark Pilipino-American / and that they will balisong your tongue because they can tell you speak / unlearned English. —Michael Melo Undoubtedly, the United States has long exploited the lack of basic historical literacy among its people, especially among those who tend [Continue Reading…]

“Teaching ‘Rolling the R’s’ at SFSU” by Wei Ming Dariotis

I started teaching Rolling the R’s when I first taught the Pilipino Literature class (AAS 363) at San Francisco State University in 1999, and continued to teach it over the next decade in AAS 206: Introduction to Asian American Literature, and in AAS 214: Second Year Composition, when I taught the course focused on queer [Continue Reading…]

“Taking Them to Our Lady of Kalihi” by Brian Ascalon Roley

Over the years, I have taught (and continue to teach) Rolling the R’s in creative writing classes for the same reason I assign As I Lay Dying. As with all of my favorite books, when I share it what I actually want to share with people is that initial reading experience—the excitement, the enchantment, the [Continue Reading…]