Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Tizon emigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines as a child in the 1960s. In his memoir, "Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self," Tizon reflects on the immigrant experience of shedding his language and culture in acts of "relentless self-annihilation." As a Filipino male, he felt he was viewed as weak and feminine and, searching for a more masculine image, he tried on other identities including "swivel-hipped Latin lover, a Puerto Rican hipster, a Mexican street fighter, [and] a Native American soothsayer." We talk to Tizon about how he tried cracking through Asian stereotypes.
Filipino Writer's Memoir Takes On Asian Male Stereotypes
(Intl. Center for Journalists)
Alex Tizon, author of "Big Little Man: In Search Of My Asian Self," journalist formerly with the Los Angeles Times and The Seattle Times and assistant professor in journalism at the University of Oregon