Book Launch: Peter Bacho’s “Uncle Rico’s Encore” with Shawn Wong
In a new collection of autobiographical essays, Uncle Rico’s Encore, award-winning author Peter Bacho shares stories that illuminate the Filipino American experience. Bacho relates vivid stories of community, generational connection, defiance, and activism, including resistance to the union-busting efforts of the federal government and organizing for decent housing and services for elders. He also illustrates the Filipino American experience of the era through intimate moments of everyday life in familiar places such as Madison Beach, Beacon Hill, and Madrona Park. Uncle Rico’s Encore is the third book in The Shawn Wong Book Fund in Asian American Studies, which supports the publication of books on Asian American history and culture.
Peter will read a selection from the book and be joined in conversation by author Shawn Wong. An audience Q&A and book signing will follow the event.
Shawn Wong is the author of the novels Homebase and American Knees and an editor of several anthologies of Asian American literature, including Aiiieeeee! (all available from the University of Washington Press). He is a professor of English at the University of Washington, Seattle. Peter Bacho's memoir is the third book in the Shawn Wong Books/University of Washington Press series that includes Eat a Bowl of Tea by Louis Chu and Awake in the River and Shedding Silence by Janice Mirikitani.
Peter Bacho is the author of seven books: Cebu, Dark Blue Suit, Boxing in Black and White, Nelson’s Run, Entrys, and Leaving Yesler. His latest book, Uncle Rico's Encore, was released earlier this year. His books have received several awards, including the 1992 American Book Award. He is an adjunct professor at The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus. Bacho was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Seattle’s Central District.