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BlAsian Exchanges 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1887764698
ISBN-10: 1887764690
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Nobhillwriter Assoc; 1 edition (December 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887764690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887764698
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,027,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First and foremost this in not per se a romance novel that we typically read for those that want to purchase for this reason. This is more of a walk through the eyes of Earvin as an Asian man that grew up surrounded and bathed in the black culture and community. Appreciating the history of that community and finding similarities with that of the Asian community.

It was also an educational piece that gave insight, through the articals placed within the book, of race relations among minorities in the U.S. In between these articles, Earvin exchanges emails and the like with black women who are open to dating Asian men through a website that is for these two groups.

Growing up in the NY and being surrounded by the diversity of it, I've always felt that the stereotypes perpetuated by the media was uncalled for. Especially against Asian men and Black women.

Black women are historically given the worst treatment by white america and other cultures, even by black men themselves. What is so horrible about black women that we have to be potrayed in such blantant, disrespectful ways? Why would people expect me to roll my neck, get "ghetto", be on welfare, and a freak in bed, just because of the tone of my skin?

I am none of these things and if you cared to get to know me, you would find out that I am like many women, many black women. Where all I want is to be respected and not lumped in the same cannister of those of the same sex and race. I am an individual first and foremost.

Asian men are given these same stereotypes of being "unmasculine" when I, and many women-black women, find them very sexy and their personas just as attractive. But, as a black woman, I know that it is most likely I'll never get to experience this on an intimate level.
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Indie book world newcomer Sam Cacas has made an impressive entrance with "BlAsian Exchanges." It's a refreshing first novel by a writer with a mature voice, an opinion, and a writing style this reviewer has never seen before. Black / Asian love is explored through the book's hip hop hero, Earvin Ilokano, an Asian man reared in a mainly Black D.C. ghetto. He adopts the cool gait of his Black brothers and is allured by Black feminine beauty. The book is Street-Lit with a Zen twist.

Earvin is a journalist, activist, lawyer, and wanna-be novelist. He's writing a book about Black and Asian romantic liaisons and posts for Black women willing to serve as his muses - strictly platonic relationships (Earvin is a devoutly married man) he pursues mainly by e-mail. Through the correspondences we learn about Black / Asian attraction as well as about Asian politics, immigrant rights, and Filipino-American culture. "BlAsian Exchanges" takes place in San Francisco, or, more notably, Nob Hill. Cacas clearly enjoys his city and sets his story among the City's sights, sounds, and way of being.

Cacas skillfully leads the reader through the many turns of his character's struggles and triumphs. En route we are given insight into a culture still pursuing equality. The book includes interesting newspaper clips that detail ongoing battles against discrimination of Asian Americans and other minority groups.

Cacas is a promising writer who shows great depth. He's one who feels deeply - and can share that with his readers. His writing style is offbeat. It's very real and often very funny, and is peppered with gems of real wisdom. One passage of particular note is on page 167 - a journal page of passing thoughts that readers are left to interpret for themselves. It's a brilliant piece of writing that most will read more than once.
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BlAsian Exchanges, a novel by Sam Cacas is a story of protagonist Earvin Ilokano's chronicle of the challenges he faces to be true to himself as a writer and the consequences of his decision. In addition, he recalls the history behind his attraction for Black women and Black culture in relation to his ethnic (Filipino American) and his racial (Asian American) heritage. He recruits Black women from the Internet to stoke the writing process of his first tome. Consequently, these Internet exchanges test the loyalty of his marriage to his wife.

Cacas highlights an often-ignored genre within interracial relationships: Asian men and Black women, which are referred to as "BlAsian relationships." The author seeks to put a human face to such relationships which are barely mentioned by movies such as Romeo Must Die and raised by US census reports for 2000 indicating that Asian men and Black women are the least likely groups within their race to marry in their 20s and 30s. As a result, Cacas uses this information as a background for his novel and a tool to squelch stereotypes of Asian men.

The novel begins with a quote from Greek mythology and Ilokano's two discussion group postings for a muse. Immediately the reader discovers the complexities at his job as well as his attraction for Black women, his ethnicity, and his personal relationship with his parents. By reading these first few chapters, the reader will find that this novel is about a complex persona and deserves more scrutiny. Like Philip Roth's Everyman, in which Roth delves into the protagonist's life with all its fragilities, Cacas does the same except with a Filipino perspective. Ilokano pleases himself, not his parents.
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