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— by Michelle Penaloza: I’ll say immediately that is a strange time to be writing book reviews, not because books are less important or because folks read less but because when I said yes to reviewing these books, it was before the eruption of a global pandemic and worldwide civil protests against the state-perpetrated murder of and violence against Black people. What place do a novel and a collection of essays from two Filipina-American writers, grappling with the legacies and consequences of colonialism, late-stage capitalism, and white supremacy, have in this present context? […]

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