Review: American Son: A Novel

American Son: A Novel is a story about a lot of things: growing up in an “inner city”, establishing an identity, and masculinity. It confronts the issue of a Filipino family whose members are trying to create their own path toward an American dream. For some that means bull dogs and gangsters (the older brother), for others that means hard work (the mother).

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July Flashback: Roshon Fegan (Filipino/African American) [American]

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Known as: Actor, singer-songwriter, rapper, dancer, producer

TV: “Shake It Up”, “Dancing With The Stars”, “Disney 365″, “Camp Rock”

Movies: “Baby”, “Drillbit Taylor”, “Spider-Man 2″

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July Flashback: Mark Dacasco (Filipino, Spanish, Chinese, Irish, Japanese) [American]

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Known as: Actor and Champion Martial Artist

TV: The Chairman on “Iron Chef America”, Wo Fat on “Hawaii Five-0″, “Kamen Rider”, “The Crow: Stairway to Heaven”

Movies: “Crying Freeman”, “Brotherhood of the Wolf”, “Drive”, “Cradle 2 the Grave”

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July Flashback: Nia Peeples (Filipino, Spanish, French, German, Scottish, Irish, English, Native American, Italian) [American]

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Known as: Actress & singer (Hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart with “Trouble” in 1988)

TV: “Fame”, “Pretty Little Liars”, “Walker, Texas Ranger”, “The Young and the Restless”, “General Hospital”

Movies: “North Shore”, “Half Past Dead”, “DeepStar Six”, “I Don’t Buy Kisses Anymore”

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July Flashback: Toro Y Moi (aka Chazwick Bundick) (Filipino/African-American) [American]

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Known as: Recording artist and producer

Music Videos: Talamak, Still Sound, New Beat, Low Shoulder,
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July Flashback: Leah Dizon (French/Filipino-Chinese) [American]

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Known as: Model, Japanese Pop singer & Actress

Music Videos: Koi Shiyou, Vanilla, Love Paradox

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July Flashback: Michael Copon (Filipino/German) [American]

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Known as: Actor, model, producer, singer

TV: “One Tree Hill”, “Power Rangers Time Force”, “Beyond The Break”, “Greek”, “That’s So Raven”

Movies: “Music High, “247°F”, “BoyBand”

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Cymphonique Miller (African-American, Filipino, Spanish) [American]

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Known as: Actress & Singer (Daughter of Master P; Sister of Romeo/Lil’ Romeo)

TV: “How To Rock”, “Phineas and Ferb”, “Big Time Rush”, “True Jackson VP”, “The Troop”, “Just Jordan”

Movies: “Opposite Day”, “Scarecrow Joe”

Music Videos: Nobody Like You, All That, I Have Nothing

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Erik Spoelstra (Dutch-Irish/Filipino) [American]

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Known as: Professional Basketball Coach (Head Coach of the NBA’s Miami Heat; First head coach of Asian descent in the four major North American sports leagues)

Awards/Accolades: 2012 NBA Championship; 2011 & 2012 NBA Eastern Conference Championship

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