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Monday, April 25, 2005

Pinay Power!

Glad to be back from the Asian American Studies Conference in Los Angeles. It felt good being in a panel with some of the contributors to Pinay Power (edited by Melinda de Jesus) -- Linda M. Pierce from U of Southern Mississippi whose Pinay mom, Marion Douglas, played lead opposite Fernando Poe Jr; Celine Parrenas Shimizu - still kicking ass at UCSB; artist Reanne Estrada who creates "art of dubious archival quality;" Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales of SFSU - who brought a cohort of grad students from SFSU and, in a separate panel, presented their MA thesis on Pinayist Art, Hiphop performance (dance and emceeing)!; and Marie Therese Sulit who is writing her dissertation on postcolonial trauma by exploring "hunger" sites in Fil Am literature.

Congratulations to Joe Ponce for his appointment at Ohio State University starting this fall.

In another panel on "Imagined Filipina Identities," the chair and discussant were both not able to come but the four of us (meself, Eleanor Lipat/UCLA, Tera Maxwell/UTAustin, and Gina Velasco/UCSC) somehow managed to put it all together and considering that our panel was scheduled at 8:30 on Saturday morning and at the same time as the Filipino Caucus meeting, we still had a pretty good-sized audience with lots of questions at the end.

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