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Twenty-Five Chickens and a Pig for a Bride
Growing up in a Filipino Immigrant Family
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Twenty-Five Chickens and a Pig for a Bride
Growing up in a Filipino Immigrant Family

By Evangeline Canonizado Buell
2006, 190 pages, Hardback.
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"As I look back on the memories of Filipino immigrant pioneers, I reflect on their coming to the United States, hopeful for a new life, excited and apprehensive as they debarked from the ship onto their new land. The blasting horn of the ocean liner announced their arrival in a country, where they hoped to achieve a better future."
-Vangie Buell

In Twenty-Five Chickens and a Pig for a Bride: Growing Up in a Filipino Immigrant Family, Evangeline ("Vangie") Canonizado Buell weaves a frank and inspiring memoir that both enlightens and moves readers. She relates her triumphant struggles over racial and gender discrimination and unravels the dogged determination of her family to achieve a better life for their children. Their hard work and indomitable fighting spirit, as well as their strong belief in preserving their culture and heritage, exemplify the many immigrant groups that make up America today.

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"Vangie Canonizado Buell's life exemplifies Filipino American 'herstory.' Vangie opens her heart to us through her stories and we are made better by it. A pioneering addition to stories of the second generation Filipino Americans, her book should be paired along with Carlos Bulosan's America is in the Heart as essential readings for understanding the Filipino experience in America."
- Abe Ignacio, co-author of The Forbidden Book: The Philippine-American War in Political Cartoons

"Fragile/full of tenderness, yet enduring like the morning light, Vangie Buell's stories illuminate pulsatingly with touching and humorous scenes and themes. Depicting both painful and triumphant expressions of growing up in the U.S. with immigrant parents/ this book should be studied in school curricula not just as Filipino American literature but as part of Americana itself."
- Oscar Penaranda, author of Seasons by the Bay and Full Deck (Jokers Playing), teacher of Filipino Studies at Logan High School, Union City, California

"A dramatic page turner. I couldn't put this wonderful book down. Readers of all ages and backgrounds will discover the richness of Filipino American life. Vangie Buell's stories weave a vivid tapestry - immigrants living through the depression, WWII, 1950s racism and the turbulent 1960s."
- Donna Rosenthal, author of The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land

"Vangie Buell's life is the synopsis of ' the history of Filipino America on the West Coast in the last 75 years. Subjected to the most humiliating discrimination, Vangie refused to be silenced, relentlessly asserting her rights as a Filipino, a woman, and an artist. Vangie triumphed over prejudice and bigotry and is living proof that the brave struggle of the marginalized races has much to contribute to make America truly a land of the free"
- Nicanor G. Tiongson, Ph.D., Dean, College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines

"Out of a past both ethnically and personally tragic come Vangie Buell's beautifully rendered stories. In her clear luminous prose, she evokes the Filipino American experience and the indomitable energy of the Manangs. There is comedy here as well as tragedy, A stunning autobiography."
- Mary H.Webb, author of The God Hustler

"Drawing from the deep well of memory, Vangie Buell writes enticingly and vivaciously about her richly textured life. Moreover, she captures the powerful character and spirit of an immigrant community that has contributed enormously to American life. These down-to-earth stories - funny, sad, stunning and always heartfelt - remind us that America has long been a land of immigrant dreamers"
- Al Young, California Poet Laureate

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Background on Evangeline Canonizado Buell

Evangeline ("Vangie") Canonizado Buell was born and raised in Oakland, California and has lived all of her adult life in the city of Berkeley. Vangie currently serves as president of the East Bay Chapter of FANHS, board member of the Berkeley Art Center, and member of the Asian Pacific Advisory Council of the Oakland Museum of California. She was a columnist for the Consumers Cooperative of Berkeley, Inc. newsletter and has published articles in Vista College's Milvia Street Art and Literary Journal, Bay Area newspapers, and Filipinas Magazine. Vangie was a co-editor of Seven Card Stud with Seven Manangs Wild, an anthology of writings by Filipino Americans that was published in 2002.

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