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Copyright 1991



“The scholar author Leonard Casper noted:

"Dancing the Shrimp provides, with a sense of immediacy, what Filipinos consider central to their continuing identification: from children performing native dances, to the enjoyment of food in the open air, to the old photos of their ancestors…

"No group of persons is without problems. It was good to see this group of Filipinos speak of their limited opportunities, the gap between recent immigrants and ‘old-timers’, concern about how much of their culture would survive another generation— and speak of these problems not anxiously but with gentleness, a non-aggressiveness, a degree of non-political acceptance which itself, the Filipino priest points out, makes it possible for a degree of non-recognition from others to persist. Or is it stability, a reasonable satisfaction with themselves and with the rest of the city, which is implicit in their feeling that they have not been discriminated against? “

Excerpt reprinted from the DVD backcover

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Dancing the Shrimp
by Jim and Isabel Kenny

Pinoy Jazz Traditions
by Richie C. Quirino