“Rolling the R’s” Forum Response: Gem P. Daus

Listening to ‘70s Dance Party Playlist on Amazon Prime for get me in the mood to write about Rolling the R’s. I have a hardback copy with an Autographed Copy sticker marring the cover. Ah ah freak out. I bought it at the now defunct Lambda Rising Bookstore in DC. A mini-easel holding a gauzy [Continue Reading…]

“Rolling the R’s” Forum Response: Oliver de la Paz

I was living in Upstate New York back in 2003 when I got the call from Zach. He was apparently in New York City and bored out of his mind. I had never met Zach. In fact, knew very little about him then. The writer Evelina Galang had given him my number because she knew [Continue Reading…]

from “Photographing Queer Kalihi” (2009) by Loraine Kanervisto & Keir McCoy

R. Zamora Linmark’s Rolling the R’s frames the tense development of queer and multiethnic youth in Kalihi Valley during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The spirit of Linmark’s O‘ahu can still be found in parts of present-day Kalihi. As photographers, we sought to capture the frames of mind prevalent in Linmark’s locales, places with [Continue Reading…]

“Linmark’s Gift” by John David Zuern

  Ten years ago, in March 2006, Zack Linmark gave a reading at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa to mark the release of his collection of poetry Prime Time Apparitions. On that occasion, I had the privilege of introducing him, and in addition to extolling the remarkable range of styles and tones in Linmark’s [Continue Reading…]

“Rolling the R’s” Forum Response: Kara Hisatake

  Rolling the R’s is near to me personally and professionally as someone born and raised on O‘ahu and currently in the midst of writing a dissertation on the literatures of Hawai‘i and Pidgin. In the so-called “melting pot”—or as R. Zamora Linmark would say, “volcano”—of Hawai‘i’s multi-ethnic communities, the aim of my dissertation has [Continue Reading…]

“Remembering ‘Rolling the R’s'” by Theodore S. Gonzalves

In 1996, I became the first instructor to assign R. Zamora Linmark’s Rolling the R’s for classroom use. The faculty at Pomona College hired me to teach a course with a sufficiently boring title of my choosing: “Asian American Cultural Studies: Reading Nationalism and Life Worlds.” Perfect for an upper division seminar on Asian American [Continue Reading…]

Spring 2016: The Third Rail


Table of Contents for The Third Rail Volume 7, Issue 1: Spring 2016   Issues and Subscriptions AALR 7.1 $18.00 USDAALR 7.1 Canada $28.00 USDAALR 7.1 int’l $38.00 USDAALR 2016 subscription $35.00 USDAALR 2016 subscription Canada $55.00 USDAALR 2016 subscription int’l $75.00 USDAALR 2016 institutional subscription $100.00 USD     Table of Contents An Impressionistic [Continue Reading…]

How to Bury Your Dead by Amin Ahmad

Your grandmother dies one muggy May afternoon in Connecticut, six thousand miles away from her beloved apartment in Calcutta, India. She dies alone in a hospital room. Your moon-faced grandmother is not wearing the crisp white widow’s sari that she has always worn. She has removed the ivory bangle that she wears to help her [Continue Reading…]

The Order of Things by C. Dale Young

There were many things Alejandro Castillo did not know. For a start, he did not know his given name or the people who were his parents. In this, he was one who embraced mystery not because he had that special talent but because he had no choice. When Father Guillermo Rojas found him on the streets of that [Continue Reading…]