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Jessica Hagedorn
1949 -
Nationality: Filipino
Category: Writer

Everything matters. Time is precious.


Music is very influential to my writing, as are theater and film.


I'm an underdog person, so I align myself with those who seem to be not considered valuable in polite society.


Life is not simple, and people can't be boxed into being either heroes or villains.


There were also horror shows on the radio. Very terrifying and thrilling to me as a kid. They had all these creepy sound effects. They would come on at ten o'clock at night, and I just would scare myself to death.


Becoming a mother has helped make me a tougher, stronger writer.


I don't believe in sampling some Tibetan music just to make it sound groovy, but you do your homework, you understand what you're doing with it.


There are certain regions in the country where the indigenous people eat dogs.


Growing up in the Philippines, I loved all kinds of movies. We had a very healthy film industry there when I was a child. It's now gotten very limited. They only make action movies and hard-core exploitation movies. Women get raped; men get shot.


I love writing dialogue, and I think a lot of my writing is visual and very cinematic.


But I think there's a genuine joy, too, a sense that no matter what, even if my stomach's growling, I'm going to dance. That's what I want to leave people with at the end of the play. After all this, people still know how to live.


I also identify as a Latin person, a person who has Latin blood.


We didn't have television until I was about eight years old, so it was either the movies or radio. A lot of radio drama. That was our television, you know. We had to use our imagination. So it was really those two things, and the comics, that I immersed myself in as a child.


I'm preparing for a multimedia theater piece, Airport Music, that's coming up in New York City.


My identity is linked to my grandmother, who's pure Filipino, as pure as you can probably get. And that shaped my imagination. So that's how I identify.


I don't know what issues concerning identity have helped contemporary fiction evolve to what it is now. All I know is that the range of voices that are being heard and published is a lot more diverse than when I was coming up.


I think for a lot of so-called post-colonial peoples, there's a feeling of not being quite legitimate, of not being pure enough.


Hybridity keeps me from being rigid about most things. It has taught me to appreciate the contradictions in the world and in my life. I scavenge from the best.


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