Month: March 2017

Tributes pour in for Alex Tizon

Ed’s note: Of the many tributes that poured in after news of Alex Tizon’s death last week (March 23) we find this one from Ed Lingao the most touching, especially coming from a kababayan. For in his words, Alex found himself again…”.he was fully an American. But he was also finally and fully a Filipino once again.” It was serendipity that brought me to his book, ‘Big Little Man, In Search of my Asian Self’. My wife and I were spending a weekend in Portland, Oregon during President’s Day in February. As usual, we visited Powell’s Books and I was looking to buy another copy of Carlos Bulosan’s ‘America is in the Heart’ when I noticed the bright orange cover of Alex’s book. I bought the book and started reading it while waiting for Cora to finish her own bookshopping, continued at the hotel and finished it on the train back to Vancouver- one of the few books I read in such a short time. From then on, I couldn’t get my mind off the book. Oh, while still in Portland, I tried to get in touch with Alex but somehow I couldn’t get my damn phone to work. I was planning to review his book and also recommended that we (Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop, publishers of Ricepaper) invite him to Vancouver for the LiterAsian literary festival. The night...

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Breaking: Pulitzer prize winner Alex Tizon dead at 57

Updated Mr. Tizon was known for deeply reported, philosopher-type pieces that are becoming rarer in today’s fast-paced media cycle. By Mike Rosenberg Seattle Times business reporter Originally published March 25, 2017 at 5:52 pm Updated March 25, 2017 at 8:30 pm Alex Tizon, a journalist and professor who won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting while at The Seattle Times and spent decades exposing untold stories of marginalized communities, has died at age 57. Mr. Tizon died unexpectedly Thursday, of natural causes, at his home in Eugene, Oregon, according to his family and the University of Oregon, where he was working as an assistant professor of journalism. Mr. Tizon was one of three Seattle Times reporters to win the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, for stories that exposed widespread corruption and inequalities in the federally sponsored housing program for Native Americans. The series, which documented how billions of dollars in taxpayer funds were helping wealthy people across the country live in mansions while tribes were housed in decrepit shacks, inspired reforms to the program. Friends, colleagues and family members said Mr. Tizon was known as a deep listener who preferred to dive headfirst into complicated, long-form stories that are becoming rarer in today’s fast-paced media cycle. An introvert who spent hours alone brooding over deep issues like the meaning of his life, he would often take on seemingly simple...

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Pinay’s play on Thursday, March 23

Medium, a play by Karla Comanda Playwright Karla Comanda’s short play, MEDIUM will be shown on Thursday, March 23, 25 at Studio 1398 in Granville Island as part of this year’s Brave New Play rites festival. Performance Times: |March 24th 7:30pm | March 25th 2:00pm | March 26th 7:30pm Medium is a comedy about Anna, a teenager who wishes to speak to her dead grandfather. Helping her out is Grace, a novice medium who connects her with John, another man who has the same name as Anna’s grandfather. Karla Comanda is a poet and translator. Her journalistic and literary works have appeared in publications in Canada and the Philippines. She is currently the fiction editor for Ricepaper Magazine. Tickets available here:   Filipina poet reads on Maguindanao Massacre...

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“Diversity is something to embrace and enjoy rather than just tolerate…”

 Edmonton, Alberta   Diversity is real, and we are all part of it By Mila Bongco-Philipzig Diversity Magazine   More than thirty years ago, I came to Canada alone as a graduate student. Assimilation was much harder back then. Throw in my own lack of information on inter-cultural interactions and general naiveté due to my young age, and there were huge gaps in culture adaption from others as well as from myself. In addition, the internet was not publicly accessible yet, and no social media which may have aided in my feelings of isolation and homesickness. Filipina author launches two children’s books So, the strong pull of family, long-time friends, and the overall comfort and familiarity of the sights, tastes, and ways I knew since childhood kept drawing me back to the land where I was born and grew up. I wanted to go back, I was determined to go back. But considering the opportunities I could have and the future I could provide for my children, the decision to move and settle in Canada made more sense. Eventually, I decided to stay. It was not an easy decision to make. I was conflicted because I thought the choice to move to Canada meant I was giving up on my home country, that I was betraying values and traditions instilled by my family, and that I would forever live...

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Becoming Duterte: The Making of a Philippine Strongman

Philippines   (Ed’s note: For the many times Duterte has been photographed with a gun, he might as well be the Poster Boy for the National Rifle Association. In this revealing story by the New York Times, we glimpsed into how he has morphed into the man he is today.) Becoming Duterte: The Making of a Philippine Strongman He is a child of privilege turned populist politician, an antidrug crusader who has struggled with drug abuse. Obsessed with death, he has turned his violent vision into national policy. By RICHARD C. PADDOCK The New York Times March 21, 2017   DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte relishes the image of killer-savior. He boasts of killing criminals with his own hand. On occasion, he calls for mass murder. Speaking of the drug addicts he says are destroying the Philippines, he said, “I would be happy to slaughter them.” Mr. Duterte and his friends have long cultivated legends of his sadistic exploits, like throwing a drug lord from a helicopter and forcing a tourist who violated a smoking ban to eat his cigarette butt at gunpoint. It is a thuggish image that Mr. Duterte embraces. Whether Mr. Duterte has done what he says — the killings he claims to have carried out are impossible to verify — he has realized his gory vision in national policy. First as a mayor, now as president...

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