Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images


When a restaurant review referred to a Filipino child as a "rambunctious -little monkey," Filipino Americans were outraged. Sparked by this racist incident, Screaming Monkeys sets fire to Asian American stereotypes as it -illuminates the diverse and often neglected history and culture within the Asian American diaspora. Poems, essays, paintings, and stories break down and challenge "found" articles, photographs, and headlines to create this powerful anthology with all the immediacy of social protest. By closely ...

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When a restaurant review referred to a Filipino child as a "rambunctious -little monkey," Filipino Americans were outraged. Sparked by this racist incident, Screaming Monkeys sets fire to Asian American stereotypes as it -illuminates the diverse and often neglected history and culture within the Asian American diaspora. Poems, essays, paintings, and stories break down and challenge "found" articles, photographs, and headlines to create this powerful anthology with all the immediacy of social protest. By closely critiquing a wealth of material, including the judge’s statement of apology in the Wen Ho Lee case, the media treatment of serial killer Andrew Cunanan, and the image of Asian Americans in major U.S. marketing campaigns, Screaming Monkeys will inspire all its readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566891417
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Pages: 500
  • Sales rank: 1,428,819
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

M. EVELINA GALANG is the author of two books of fiction — Her Wild American Self (Coffee House Press, '96), a collection of short stories and the novel, One Tribe (New Issues Press, '06). In addition to writing fiction and nonfiction, she has edited the anthology, Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House Press, '03). Galang is the recipient of numerous awards, among them, the 2004 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Awards Advancing Human Rights and the 2004 AWP Prize in the Novel, for ONE TRIBE. Galang has been researching the lives of the women of Liga ng mga Lolang Pilipina (LILA Pilipina), surviving Filipina "Comfort Women" of WWII, since 1998. In 2002, she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the Philippines where she continued her work with survivors. This past year, she authored the blog, "Laban for the Lolas!" in support of House Resolution 121 and was the Filipino American Outreach coordinator for 121 Coalition. She is currently writing Lolas' House: Women Living with War, stories of Surviving Filipina Comfort Women of World War II and is at work on her second novel, Angel de la Luna and THE 5th GLORIOUS MYSTERY and is at work on a new novel, BEAUTIFUL SORROW, BEAUTIFUL SKY. Galang teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Miami and has recently been nominated one of the 100 most influential Filipinas in the US by Filipina Women's Network.

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Table of Contents

"Philing Station," a found article from Milwaukee Magazine
Kicking and Screaming 1
Letters and found images from Milwaukee Magazine 13
Scream Monkeys, Scream - the e-mails 16
American Enterprise cover, found image 24
The Cleaving 25
A History of "The Savage," found images 34
Salvaging the Savage: On Representing Filipinos and Remembering American Empire 35
Interracial Marriages, found text 50
Transaction 51
America Is in the Heart 53
Pluto in a Plato, art by Dindo Llana 60
Chin 61
On Teaching Filipinos 67
My Country Versus Me 68
Statement by Judge Parker to Wen Ho Lee, September 13, 2000 80
Andrew Cunanan or The Manhunt for Philippine America 86
Henessy ad 93
Untitled Art by Phung Huynh 96
Surrogate Slaves to American Dreamers 97
Statements by American Presidents, found text 124
The Day the Dancers Came Bienvenido Santos 126
Chinese Exclusion Act, a U.S. government document 138
White and Wong 143
Presidential Caricatures, found images 143
Hello, Nuremberg 144
Homeland Memories and Media: Filipino Images and Imaginations in America 145
Reverse Racism 154
Why Are We Here? Thoughts on Asian-American Identity and Honoring Asian-Americans in Congress 156
A General Timeline of the Asian American Experience 162
Skyy Vodka ad, found image 168
She Casts Off Expectations 169
Gidra response to Skyy Vodka 180
Fifty-Fifty 181
Rhapsody in Plain Yellow 189
Take Me Out, art by Wennie Huang 194
Chronicle 195
you bring out the filipina in me 197
Four Million 199
Go Geisha, found images 203
Asian Women in Film: No Joy, No Luck 204
A Few Words on Rome, or The Neighbor Who Never Waves 211
SEXploitation within the Asian American Community, found images 213
Meena's Curse 214
Report No. 49
India-Burma Theater 233
Red Lines Across the Map 224
Culture in a Box, found images 228
Mirror Mirror Tea Tea 229
I Wanna Marry a Haole so I Can Have a Haole Last Name 231
Untitled Art by Betty Kung 238
Assignment 239
Untitled Art by Hiroshi Kimura 241
Hello Kitty 242
Sumo-esque 246
A Blue Boy in a Picasso painting 248
gridlock 249
The Rules of the Game 251
Southeast Indian Images 254
Summer of Bruce 255
Untitled Art by Saiman Chow 266
Ancient Chinese Secrets and Little White Lies 267
A Lavendar Army 273
AGFA scanner ad, found image 276
Race and Representation: Asian Americans 277
Untitled Art by Barry McGee 290
Headlines and Quotes from Mainstream America 291
The Next Trophy Boyfriends, found article from Newsweek 294
Fargo and the Asian American Male 295
Gidra response to Newsweek plus letters to Newsweek editors 298
The Barbarians Are Coming 300
Untitled Art by 313
Satta Massagana 314
Findings of a Recent Inquiry into the Background and Causes of a Dissociative Identity Disorder in the Case of an American Subject of Filipino Descent 318
The Boy Fell, art by Edward del Rosario 320
The Two Filipinos 321
When Heroes Are Not Dead An Essay in Two Voices 324
Solitary in a Strange Land 329
Five Rice Queens 330
When Fidelito Is the New Boy at School 331
The Price of Eggs in China 332
Graffiti Images 354
President Theodore Roosevelt's Proclamation Formally
Ending the Philippine "Insurrection" and Granting of Pardon and Amnesty, found text 355
Voices of Imperialism and War, found text 357
The Ancient Baguio Dead 359
Talking About the Woman in Cholon 360
Untitled Art by Kay Chung 364
Executive Order Number 9066, U.S. government document by Franklin D. Roosevelt 365
Drawing the Line 367
Apology of Bill Clinton to Japanese America, found text 377
Honor, 1946 378
Justifying U.S. Assistance to Filipino War Veterans, an address to Congress by Senator Daniel Inouye 379
More Fun Than a Turkey Shoot 382
South Wind Changing 384
Dictee 392
Black Korea 395
Blue Dreams 399
Caught Prey 407
Body Search 409
On the Other Side of Granite 410
Storefront, found images 412
Wilshire Bus 413
Antiwar Statement of Filipino Educators, found text 417
Anti-Asian Incidents, found text 420
A History of Anti-Asian Violence, found text, compiled 421
Untitled Art by Jordin Isip, art editor 426
Nobility 427
Genghis Chan: Private Eye XXIX 428
Genghis Chan: Private Eye XXX 429
After My Chronology by Peter Lorre 430
litany no. m 431
They Grew Up to Be Lovely 432
Labandera 433
Axolotl 447
In Your Honor 448
Time for Pause 449
I'm Still Warm 450
Untitled Art by James Yang 451
One-Man Show 452
Making Sense of Screaming: A Monkey's Companion 487
Contributors' Notes 499
Acknowledgments 513
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