It has taken me some time to write my thoughts on Alex Tizon’s posthumous memoir that was published in The Atlantic last week. As a Fil-Am, I was thrilled to hear about a Fil-Am story being published in a nationally-recognized magazine. But the excitement was short-lived, when I read the entire memoir about the Tizon family and their “katulong,” Eudocia Tomas Pulido. In the beautifully written narrative that depicted a certain aspect of Filipino life and culture, I felt unnerved and triggered by its contents.
Regarding the publication of Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology of Philippine myths retold, and writing about the FilAm experience.
I had the opportunity of meeting Jessica Hagedorn and asking her to (re)sign a copy of her book, Dogeaters. (I bought the book secondhand from a bookstore for a class, when I discovered that it was a signed copy from 2001. She kindly signed it, on another page, on the evening of the event.)