my heart of rice: a Poetic Filipino American Experience
Author: ashley c. lanuza
Publisher: New Degree: 2020
Through vivid and rhythmic poetry, My Heart of Rice moves to empower anyone who may have a difficult or unconventional relationship with their cultural identity. While Lanuza encourages acceptance of our unique details, she emphasizes the unity found in shared experiences and speaks of the inherent need for belonging, the youthful attempts at assimilation, and the deep melting pot of ethnicity and culture that makes up our humanity.
Before Ashley attended UCLA for Psychology and Film Media studies, she began exploring her sense of self. Born in America to an immigrant Filipino family, Ashley has made it her mission to explore identity and how it influences our memories and the paths we choose to take in life. Ms. Lanuza contends that it all begins in childhood "with its roller coaster of changes" and progresses throughout adulthood — an ever-changing "work in progress." Her book of poetry, My Heart of Rice, is a collection of her experiences in self-identity and understanding.