George Estrada's first book, I Have Tasted the Sweet Mangoes of Cebu
, broke the mold of Asian American literature. It was brash, controversial and fresh-and took us on a delirious ride through exotic landscapes, shopping malls and Internet romances. As Flip As I Want to Be
is a collection of columns from Estrada's work with the Philippine Times of Las Vegas
. Here you will hear the pounding rains of Quezon City, feel the mass exultation of a U.S. citizenship ceremony, ponder the beauty of fake Rolex watches, listen to Tom Cruise speaking in Russian, and meet a Filipino NFL quarterback. You will rock out with a Filipino heavy-metal god, meet a Filipino rapper, and go all-in in a high stakes poker tournament. Saddle up and take another wild ride through the Filipino American experience. "These commentaries come from a place of searching, of journeying, of process."-Oscar Pe aranda, author and scholar. "Estrada's book is written with the incisiveness of a seasoned journalist. I recommend it."-Prof. Leo Paz, chairman of Philippine Studies, City College of San Francisco.
"Estrada is talented, insightful and tuned into the Filipino American Experience."-Dorothy and Fred Cordova, co-directors, Filipino American National Historical Society.