Hosts Tamara and Vina discuss Tommy Orange's 2018 debut novel, There There, which delves into the lives of twelve "urban Natives" from Oakland who grapple with their personal and collective histories, identities, and relationships. As Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4, we thought it all the more important to remember (in the words of one of the characters Dene Oxendene), "for Native people in this country, all over the Americas, it's been developed over, buried ancestral land, glass and concrete and wire and steel, unreturnable covered memory. There is no there there."
In Part 2 of our interview with the writer Gina Apostol, whose novel Insurrecto was featured this month on The Lift Up, we discuss gate-keeping in the publishing industry; the economics of writing; and the importance of doing the work that’s within your desire, even—or especially if—it does something to counter the system.
Writer Gina Apostol joins hosts Tamara and Vina for a conversation (in two parts) about her fourth novel, Insurrecto, as well as football (or soccer, to American listeners); the Pilipino as a hyper-postmodern hyper-human; and the importance of activism and long-term organizing for meaningful social change.
In the lead-up to Philippine Independence Day on June 12, hosts Tamara and Vina discuss Gina Apostol's Insurrecto, exploring the forgotten Philippine-American War through the mediated lenses of Pilipina translator Magsalin and American filmmaker Chiara Brasi.