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Her Wild American Self

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  115 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Filipina American debut author displays the contradictions of Asian American experience with irony & enthusiasm, anger & wit.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Coffee House Press
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Amanda
Sep 28, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
I rarely enjoy short stories enough to read a whole collection of them, and I rarely keep books after I've read them - but I loved this whole collection and can't bring myself to donate it or trade it for a new book. The story "Rose Colored" was my favorite; it perfectly expressed the sense of competition that exists among women and how that affects women's self-esteem, without ever making the characters seem catty towards each other. The story "Filming Sausages" was also really amazing at expre ...more
Teena
Aug 09, 2014 Teena rated it really liked it
I am not a huge fan of short stories, but when they're done right then it's hard not to love them. This book in particular was a good collection of tales told from a female Filipino-American point of view. For that reason alone, I love it. It was great to see our voice being put out there, and the author does a great job representing different generations.

As a whole, I think the collection was lacking. I wish there was more pride woven throughout the stories. It was quite a depressing read, and
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Arlene
Sep 10, 2008 Arlene rated it really liked it
My God, you mean I'm not alone??!! This book taught me about me.
Bonnie Irwin
Oct 20, 2014 Bonnie Irwin rated it really liked it
A series of portraits of the Filipina-American experience. I particularly liked "Our Fathers," a story of a young girl's fascination with the grandfather she has never met, but whose picture she carries with her always. On one level, the story speaks to any number of daughters and their fathers and grandfathers; I can only imagine the connection to those whose grandfathers live thousands of miles away. Another stand-out story, is "Filming Sausage," about a professional woman trying to make it in ...more
n
Mar 12, 2016 n rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
This book is fantastic. Each story is written in such a beautiful and honest way, and I had a mixture of feelings reading many of them.

One of the stories in particular, while I loved it, was so difficult for me to read: Filming Sausages. It was so uncomfortable, mostly due to similar experiences. I wanted to keep reading it, but I had to put it down to take a breath. I kept feeling like I knew what was going to happen next, reading my own experiences into it. It took me much longer to read that
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Devika
Jun 16, 2007 Devika rated it liked it
I met this author at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE). She spoke very candidly about the process of writing this book. Even though I am very interested and certainly not naive about race issues, I was genuinely floored by some of the experiences Galang wrote about in this book.
Frances
Short stories. Run together a bit - similar themes and characters - but very good. She does well with children as characters, and everything about these stories felt natural and well done.
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