A young woman's search for her father in the Philippines leads to a journey of discovery and acceptance of her family heritage.
The sampaguita flower is a species of jasmine, and the national flower of the Philippines. In this story, it stands for the idea that the process of generations becoming more American does not mean losing many generations worth of rich culture and history. It does not detract from a flower in America to have sampaguita roots.
I have been writing stories for and about Filipino Americans for a few years now - I have been fascinated by stories of culture, adjustment, and change. The sad truth is that as generations pass, culture is often lost - but Sampaguita Roots is not about that. Sampaguita Roots is about culture found through stories of love, family, joy, sadness, hurt, and betrayal, especially in times of war and unrest.
In Sampaguita Roots, we follow the journey of a young woman travelling to the Philippines and reading a series of letters chronicling her family's history, starting with the seldom-discussed Philippine-American War, following through to her family's immigration to the United States. She begins with the goal of tracing her father - the family's former hired help - to fulfill her mother's last wish, but she soon finds herself on a journey of her own, where she will begin to question her ideas of success, strength, and self.
How close is Sampaguita Roots to being finished?
Sampaguita Roots is currently all written, and just needs to be edited, formatted and polished. I will be updating you all along the way as I hit milestones in finishing this project!
An Exclusive Preview from The First Draft of Sampaguita Roots
How will the raised funds be spent?
Your contributions will go towards the self-publication costs and initial publicity/distribution push for Sampaguita Roots - publicity materials such as posters, postcards, and ads, as well as copies for libraries and bookstores. Any surplus funds, if any happen to come in, will go towards starting production and promotion of Portraits of a Massacre, a full-length novel I am currently writing which is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre.
Will I be recognized for my contribution?
YES! Contributions of all amounts will be recognized and listed in the 'Gracious Contributors' section in the book.
Love the artwork?
The cover design seen above for Sampaguita Roots is by Quezon City graphic designer Obey Llamas, who you can learn more about by viewing his website and portfolio here!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on August 18, 2012.
Jul 9, 2012 - Aug 18, 2012 (40 days)
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A postcard with handwritten thank you message, featuring one of three cover designs for "Sampaguita Roots" by graphic designer Obey Llamas.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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SUPER PROMOTER PACKAGE: Five copies of "Sampaguita Roots" and a super-sized publicity pack of postcards to distribute as you like, a minor character named for you in "Portraits of a Massacre", and a short, special blurb thanking you in the "Gracious Contributors" section.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012