Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images

Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566891417
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

"Philing Station," a found article from Milwaukee Magazinexiv
Kicking and Screaming1
Letters and found images from Milwaukee Magazine13
Scream Monkeys, Scream--the e-mails16
American Enterprise cover, found image24
The Cleaving25
A History of "The Savage," found images34
Salvaging the Savage: On Representing Filipinos and Remembering American Empire35
Interracial Marriages, found text50
America Is in the Heart53
Pluto in a Plato60
On Teaching Filipinos67
My Country Versus Me68
Statement by Judge Parker to Wen Ho Lee, September 13, 200080
Andrew Cunanan or The Manhunt for Philippine America86
Henessey ad93
Surrogate Slaves to American Dreamers, an excerpt from Helen Zia's Asian American Dreams97
Statements by American Presidents, found text124
The Day the Dancers Came126
Chinese Exclusion Act, a U.S. government document138
White and Wong142
Presidential Caricatures, found images143
Hello, Nuremberg144
Homeland Memories and Media: Filipino Images and Imaginations in America145
Reverse Racism154
Why Are We Here? Thoughts on Asian-American Identity and Honoring Asian-Americans in Congress156
A General Timeline of the Asian American Experience162
Skyy Vodka ad, found image168
She Casts Off Expectations, an excerpt from Warrior Lessons169
Gidra response to Skyy Vodka180
Rhapsody in Plain Yellow189
Take Me Out194
You bring out the filipina in me197
Four Million199
Go Geisha, found images203
Asian Women in Film: No Joy, No Luck204
A Few Words on Rome, or The Neighbor Who Never Waves211
SEXploitation within the Asian American Community, found images213
Meena's Curse214
Report No. 49, by United States Army Forces India-Burma Theater223
Red Lines Across the Map224
Culture in a Box, found images228
Mirror Mirror Tea Tea229
I Wanna Marry a Haole so I Can Have a Haole Last Name231
Hello Kitty242
A Blue Boy in a Picasso Painting248
The Rules of the Game251
Southeast Indian Images254
Summer of Bruce255
Ancient Chinese Secrets and Little White Lies267
A Lavender Army273
AGFA scanner ad, found image276
Race and Representation: Asian Americans277
Headlines and Quotes from Mainstream America291
The Next Trophy Boyfriends, found article from Newsweek294
Fargo and the Asian American Male295
Gidra response to Newsweek plus letters to Newsweek editors298
The Barbarians Are Coming300
Satta Massagana314
Findings of a Recent Inquiry into the Background and Causes of a Dissociative Identity Disorder in the Case of an American Subject of Filipino Descent318
The Boy Fell320
The Two Filipinos321
When Heroes Are Not Dead: An Essay in Two Voices324
Solitary in a Strange Land329
Five Rice Queens330
When Fidelito Is the New Boy at School331
The Price of Eggs in China332
Graffiti Images354
President Theodore Roosevelt's Proclamation Formally Ending the Philippine "Insurrection" and Granting of Pardon and Amnesty, found text355
Voices of Imperialism and War, found text357
The Ancient Baguio Dead359
Talking About the Woman in Cholon360
Executive Order Number 9066, U.S. government document365
Drawing the Line367
Apology of Bill Clinton to Japanese America, found text377
Honor, 1946378
Justifying U.S. Assistance to Filipino War Veterans379
"More Fun Than a Turkey Shoot,"382
South Wind Changing384
Black Korea395
Blue Dreams399
Caught Prey407
Body Search409
On the Other Side of Granite410
Storefront, found images412
Wilshire Bus413
Antiwar Statement of Filipino Educators, found text417
Anti-Asian Incidents, found text420
A History of Anti-Asian Violence, found text, compiled421
Genghis Chan: Private Eye XXIX428
Genghis Chan: Private Eye XXX429
After My Chronology by Peter Lorre430
Litany no. m431
They Grew Up to Be Lovely432
In Your Honor448
Time for Pause449
I'm Still Warm450
One-Man Show, an excerpt from Tripmaster Monkey452
Making Sense of Screaming: A Monkey's Companion487
Contributors' Notes499

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