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Author Jessica Hagedorn

Author Jessica Hagedorn

Reads from "Dream Jungle," her new novel about the Philippines.

Thursday, October 16, 2003
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
362 Royce Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Jessica Hagedorn burst onto the American literary scene in 1990 with the publication of Dogeaters, her lush, adventurous first novel, which was nominated for the National Book Award.  Born and raised in the Philippines, she moved to the United States in her teens.  Hagedorn is a novelist, poet, performance artist, and screenwriter who is widely acknowledged as one of our leading Asian- American voices.

With DREAM JUNGLE (Viking; 325 pages), Hagedorn delivers her first novel in seven years and richest novel yet.  It is a story that reaches beyond the Filipino and Filipino American experience to explore the universal themes of power, money, race and colonialism.  Two real-life events that both took place in the Philippines-the discovery of the Tasaday, an ancient "lost tribe," in a remote mountain area of the rain forest and the filming of the movie Apocalypse Now-are the inspiration for DREAM JUNGLE. At once a sensual and razor-sharp indictment of colonialism, Dream Jungle evokes the desperate beauty and rank corruption of the Philippines from the height of the Marcos era in the mid-1970s to the end of the twentieth century.
Hosted by writers/community organizers Michelle Magalong and Steve Moon. The evening will begin with a performance by spoken word artist, Dorian Merina.  Jessica Hagedorn will be introduced by Professor Russell Leong and after the reading, Q & A will be facilitated by Michelle Magalong.

Books will be available for sale at the event courtesy of EASTWIND-Westwood.

Cost : Free and open to the public


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Studies Center