“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…]

“Philomena, Kuya Bongbong of Magsaysay Street” by L.M.S.P. Burns

Katrina, Edgar, and Vicente had the “Purple Man and his disciples” at the Kam Shopping Center. We—Gerlie, Totoy, and Baby—had Philomena on Magsaysay Street. Philomena talked to herself, swatted insects with powers of invisibility flying around her head. Though she did not come to Red Cross every day, where my mother worked, she came regularly [Continue Reading…]

“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…]