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Luis Francia, Asian American Studies

 

Luis H. Francia is a poet, journalist, and nonfiction writer. His semiautobiographical account of growing up in the Philippines, Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, won both the 2002 PEN Open Book and the 2002 Asian American Writers literary awards. His poetry books include The Arctic Archipelago and Museum of Absences. He is the author of Memories of Overdevelopment: Reviews and Essays of Two Decades; the editor of Brown River, White Ocean: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Philippine Literature in English (Rutgers University Press, 1993); and co-editor of Flippin’: Filipinos on America (Asian American Writers' Workshop, 1997), and of Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream, 1899-1999 (NYU Press, 2002).He is included in numerous anthologies, the latest being the forthcoming Library of America’s Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing. He completed a brief history of the Philippines in 2010.

He has written for a number of publications, including the Village Voice, the Nation, and the Far Eastern Economic Review. On the board of trustees of the Asian American Writers Workshop and Kundiman Arts, he also teaches at New York University and lives in Queens.


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