Contact: Isobel Schneider
Berkeley Public Library
Beyond Lumpia, Pansit and Seven Manangs Wild:
Stories from the Heart of Filipino Americans at Berkeley Public Library
Berkeley, September 15— Authors of the new anthology, Beyond Lumpia, Pansit and Seven Manangs Wild: Stories from the Heart of Filipino Americans, will read from this new publication by the Filipino American National Historical Society, East Bay Chapter. The collection reveals the wide-ranging experiences of being a Filipino American from multiple perspectives and generations. These free readings will take place on Saturday, October 11, 2014, 2:00-4:00 pm, at the Berkeley Public Library, Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley, in the Community Meeting Room, 3rd Floor.
Many Filipino Americans in the states maintain strong bonds with family and friends in the Philippines. For some, their parents and grandparents serve as the sole bridge to the islands. Seniors, who may visit the islands but not return to live, both cling to the Philippine culture and have a strong allegiance to the United States. For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6150 or visit http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events
Beyond Lumpia, Pansit and Seven Manangs Wild was edited by Evangeline Canonizado Buell, Eleanor Hipol Luis, Edwin Lozada, Evelyn Luluquisen, Tony Robles, and Myrna Ziálcita whose stories also appear in this anthology.
The editor’s introduction states: Food is an integral part of the culture. In “My Life as a Lumpia,” Jessica Jamero tells how the simple act of rolling lumpia awakens cultural pride. Pete Yamamoto’s poem, “Beef Stew, Maybe Tripe,” shows how the Filipino culture of food unites us… the act of longing and savoring adobo, lumpia, and pansit helps us resist complete assimilation and through our senses helps us retain elements of our unique identity. Through our writing, we combat amnesia and what destiny would otherwise hold for us, the casting of our personal stories and histories to oblivion.
This program is presented jointly with Eastwind Books of Berkeley, www.asiabookcenter.com
The Central Library is located at 2090 Kittredge Avenue and is open Monday, noon - 8 pm, Tuesday, 10 am - 8 pm, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm - 5 pm.
Wheelchair accessible. For questions, to request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations for this event, please call (510) 981-6195 (voice) or (510) 548-1240 (TTY); at least five working days will help ensure availability. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs. Visit the library’s website: www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.