Monday, November 19, 2007

Filipino-American Reading List: Punkd!

Nerissa Balce sent this through Roland:

In the grand tradition of English film titles translated into Filipino, such as Adik si Harry, Tumira ng Shabu (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), Uuy...Aminin! (I Know What You did Last Summer) and Ang Proyekto ng Bruhang si Blair (The Blair Witch Project), here are some playful translations of books by Filipino American studies scholars. The asides and alternative titles are mine.

1. White Love – Ang Boypren Ko, Puti!
2. Empire of Care – Nars
3. Servants of Globalization - Tsimay (alternative title: DH)
4. Children of Global Migration - Mga Anak ng Tsimay (alternative title: DHL or DH Litter)
5. Forced Passages – Ginahasang Konbik (Obscurantism. Better is "Ang Bagong Daan")
6. American Tropics – Libog at Init sa Amerika (alternative title: Mga Trapik sa America)
7. Global Divas – Kabaklaan na Naman!
8. Locating Filipino Americans – Saan nga Ba ang Mga Pinoy? (alternative title: Kaya Nga TNT)
9. Positively No Filipinos Allowed – Sabi sa 'Yo, Wala Talagang Pinoy! (alternative title: Sabi sa Iyo, Walang Vacancy para sa Atin)
10. Model Minority Imperialism – America's Neks Top Model
11. Fantasy-Production – Charing!
12. From Exile to Diaspora – La Visa Loka
13. The Star Entangled Banner – Ang Bandilang Pinaluputan ni Guy and Vi (Kailangang Ipa-Rebond ang Flag)
14. Five Faces of Exile – Ang Limang X-Men

I also looked at anti-Desperate Housewives online petition originator Kevin Nadal's book list for other Fil-Am Studies canon (Hey, he won a contest at Michigan State for his Asian-American book collection!). These are other Fil-Am Studies tomes ripe for translation:

Root, Maria P.P. (1997). Filipino Americans: Transformation and Identity. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications -- Ako si Transformer!
Bacho, Peter (1997). Dark Blue Suit. Seattle: University of Washington Press. -- Ukay-Ukay!
Buaken, Manuel (1948). I Have Lived with the American People. Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, Ltd.-- Gapo
Bulosan, Carlos (1995). On Becoming Filipino. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.-- Paano Mag-apply ng Dual Citizenship
Coronel, Leandro V. (1997). The Invisible Americans: Why the Filipinos in American Lack Political Clout. Alexandria, VA: Cogs Publishing -- Anong Pakialam Ko sa Blond Hair Mo?
Hagedorn, Jessica (1990). Dogeaters. New York: Penguin Books -- Baguio Cuisine
Ileto, Reynaldo Clemena (1979). Pasyon and Revolution: Popular Movements in the Philippines, 1840-1910. Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press -- Edsa Revolution: Mga Prequel
McReynolds, Patricia Justiani (1997). Almost Americans: A Quest for Dignity. Santa Fe: Red Crane Books -- Mali Ang Sagot sa Embasi. Pakshet!
Okamura, Jonathan Y. (1998). Imagining the Filipino American Diaspora: Transnational Relations, Identities, and Communities. New York: Garland Publishing -- Pahabaan ng Title Para Sikat
Yamanaka, Lois-Ann (1997). Blu’s Hanging. New York: Ferrar, Strauss, and Giroux -- Nagnakaw ng Bughaw na Hawaiian Shirt, Binitay!

and the canon of them all:
Carlos Bulosan's America is in the Heart -- Grabe na itong Organ Trafficking na toh!

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