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FREE MOBI ¿ DOC Lauriat By Charles Tan 9781590212547 Ý CHARLES TAN Ó Filipinos and Chinese have a rich vibrant literature when it comes to speculative fiction But what about the fiction of the Filipino Chinese who draw their roots from both cultures This is what this anthology attempts to answer FeaturiBy Christine V LaoAugust Moon by Gabriela LeeThe Captain's Nephew by Paolo ChikiamcoThe Stranger at my Grandmother's Wake by Fidelis TanChopsticks by Marc Gregory YuFold Up Boy by Yvette TanThe Tiger Lady by Margaret KawsekThe Perpetual Day by Crystal KooCricket by Kenneth YuThe Way of Those Who Stayed Behind by Douglas Candano The emphasis was definitely on Filipino Chinese than speculative fiction even taking a broad definition of spec fic the genre of most of the stories seemed firmly in fantasy or horror where the fantastic elements were even treated as than symbolism On the cultural side it's definitely interesting to see a different perspective but I would be curious to know what people of Filipino Chinese descent think of the stories is so much of Filipino Chinese ness centered around attending Grandma's funeral for example Or Dad being very angry if you marry someone who isn't also Chinese Or the Catholic Chinese traditional syncretism I think so many of the stories just sort of bounced off me because they didn't seem to be elevating these cultural tropes much beyond their real world setting compare to something like Kai Ashante Wilson's use of African American Vernacular English in THE SORCERER OF THE WILDEEPS or Afrofuturism generally; heck even Yoon Ha Lee's Koreanisms in DRAGON PEARL25 stars rounded down This is probably of interest if you're looking for a sampler of Filipino Chinese fiction but as a genre collection I don't think it lives up to its potential

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Filipinos and Chinese have a rich vibrant literature when it comes to speculative fiction But what about the fiction of the Filipino Chinese who draw their roots from both cultures This is what this anthology attempts to answer Featuring stories that deal with voyeur ghosts taboo lovers a town that cannot sleep the Chinese zodi copied from my LJ reviewCharles Tan a Philippines based member of the speculative fiction writing and blogging community has brought together a wonderful buffet of spec fic stories in this collection the third that he’s compiled the earlier two are The Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2009 and Philippine Speculative Sampler This time he’s focused on stories by Filipino Chinese writers As is true throughout Southeast Asia people of Chinese ethnic origins are integral to the history of the Philippines Some came to the Philippines centuries ago and intermarried with Spanish colonists and members of the local population; others came during the first half of the twentieth century when the nation was an American protectorate And people continue to emigrate from China to the Philippines today In his introduction Tan brings up the issue of who’s considered Filipino Chinese Heritage is always a tricky subject my family being a good example of Chinese purity and prejudice whenever I’d bring a friend to the house the first thing my parents would ask was whether they were Chinese or Filipino and would speak about the latter with contempt A lot of Filipino Chinese families I know even forbid their children from marrying someone that wasn’t of “pure” Chinese blood ie someone whose parents are both Chinese even if they themselves had broken that taboo by marrying a Filipino “Pure” by Isabel Yap addresses precisely this issue teenaged Arrie drinks a “purifying” syrup from shady shop in Binondo which Wikipedia will tell you is the oldest Chinatown in the world when the boy she’s crushing on tells her his family doesn’t want him to date anyone who isn’t pure Chinese The outcome is unsurprising but I enjoyed all the details of modern adolescent life in Manila habits fashion family relations and friendships Erin Chupeco takes up the theme of who’s suitable dating material in “Ho we” boyfriend but puts a hilarious spin on it as the narrator’s Achi oldest sister and father spar over who Achi can date Dad is not keen on Achi’s choices Why can’t she find a nice minotaur from mainland China like Di chi or a Taiwanese half dragon like Sa chi Dad’s trying to foist Gary Cheng on Achi Gary’s father is a business colleague even though Gary is a zombie The story is excellent; I read it out loud to the teenagers in my family who appreciated it thoroughlyMany of the stories take place during or around funerals; my favorite of these was “The Stranger at my Grandmother’s Wake” by Fidelis Tan about a mysterious mourner Others are about ghosts including the stunning first story “Two Women Worth Watching” by Andrew Drilon Faye is a TV star but Mia has an even larger fan base among the dead Mia is uite content with where she is right now At ten years old she had a total of fifty followers The number grew as she got older in ones and twos each year She lucked out in high school when she dated a third generation legacy celebrity and managed to hijack his 1562 viewers They had been trailing him out of loyalty to his grandfather and were growing bored anyway Mia attended a concert in Araneta Coliseum and nabbed another couple thousand by getting arrested in front of a camera She took a dance class in Malate enchanted a hot gay barkada and picked up over three thousand deceased homosexuals Mia is now pushing 60kFeeling inadeuate when you contemplate your number of Facebook friends Twitter followers or website page views Never mind maybe you’re really big among the dead Gabriella Lee’s “August Moon” is a ghost story with a traditional sort of twist; the viewpoint character wakes up amnesiac beside a coffin and gradually the events that led to this outcome are revealed In Kenneth Yu’s “Cricket” a talking cricket has unwelcome words for Richard Chuang on the occasion of his mother’s death at “a venerable one hundred eight” The narrator in Douglas Candano’s “The Way of Those Who Stayed Behind” has an eually disturbing experience when he comes from Canada to Manila upon the occasion of his grandmother’s death though in his case it relates to discovery of a mysterious book expounding the tenets of a secret family religionAnd speaking of grandmothers they’re another common element in these stories whether as mourned matriarchs as in Candano’s story or as wise advisers as in “Two Women Worth Watching” In “Chopsticks” by Mark Gregory Y Yu the purchase of a pair of porcelain chopsticks prompts all kinds of memories and stories from the grandmother in the family including the story of a special pair of chopsticks the grandmother received when she emigrated to the Philippines in 1950Two of the stories have an erotic horror tinge to them Christine Lao’s “Dimsum” in which the roles of blood and milk are confused and Margaret Kawsek’s “The Tiger Lady” where it’s blood and semen In both cases young men bewareTwo draw explicity on Philippine history The first is the “The Captain’s Nephew” by Paolo Chikiamco in which Captain Paua tries to enlist a tikbalang a creature from Philippine folklore to fight against the Spanish in the Philippine Revolution The second Yvette Tan’s “The Fold Up Boy” features the ghost of a boy who died in the Sangley Rebellion of 1603 in which some 20000 Chinese were massacred That second story tries to do perhaps a little too much addressing not only the present day focal character’s disconnection from her heritage but also her family while also throwing in the hint of a romantic element I’d love to see it expanded into a YA novel where all the themes and plot elements could receive their dueAlthough none of the stories is exceptionally experimental in narrative style or language use Chrystal Koo’s “The Perpetual Day” which imagines a world suffering a pandemic of incurable insomnia conveys the febrile unfocused semi hallucinatory experience of chronic sleep deprivation all the while developing a cast of characters and the personality of a neighborhood which impressed me and Kristine Ong Muslim uses the device of descriptions for the signs of the Chinese zodiac as a launch point for twelve micro flash vignettesI highly recommend the collection

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Lauriat By Charles TAc and an exile that finally comes home Lauriat A Filipino Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology covers a diverse selection of narratives from fresh Southeast Asian voices Table of ContentsIntroductionTwo Women Worth Watching by Andrew DrilonHo We by Erin ChupecoThe Chinese Zodiac by Kristine Ong MuslimPure by Isabel YapDimsum As is often the case with short story collections and especially with anthologies collecting multiple authors I found the stories in this volume to be very uneven I do wonder whether some of the stories would have connected had I been familiar with the storytelling traditions they were riffing on and I acknowledge that I’m not the best reviewer here since I’m not the target audience Although not my favorite collection of late this book was pretty different than any I’ve read previously and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend picking it up if you’re into diverse speculative fiction ⁣⁣My favorite stories were Two Women Worth Watching by Andrew Drilon which started the collection off brilliantly with a tale of two women having dinner one a famous actress and the other a nobody who nonetheless has an enormous captivated audience of loyal ghosts who follow her life story; and The Stranger at my Grandmother’s Wake by Fidelis Tan an intriguing story about an old woman waiting on her deathbed for the reappearance of an old friend she met only once years earlier at her grandmother’s wake The story that will perhaps stick with me the longest mostly due to our present circumstances was The Perpetual Day by Crystal Koo which envisions a global pandemic in which the ability to sleep is suddenly lost 😨 and everyone exists perpetually awake and increasingly agitated ⁣