A young man’s journey through the Philippines’ most unlikely obsession: basketball. In Pacific Rims, Rafe Bartholemew, journalist, New Yorker, and. Dottie said: I first learned of Pacific Rims when I stumbled upon a youtube video of the Rafe Bartholomew arrived in Manila with little more than a Fulbright. 4 quotes from Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin’ in Flip-Flops and the Philippines’ Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball: ‘Philippine culture was clearly diff.

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Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. To put it another way: You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Feb 19, Rwfe rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Dec 28, Michael rated it liked it Shelves: He researched well, not forgetting even the tiny details. I wondered why the bootleg Game Boy cartridge from the Philippines had the Indiana Pacers logo on it, but I never took the incident seriously until I read Pacific Rims. It was that love that got him to somehow get a scholarship to go study basketball rafw the Philippines.

It brings back so much memories of the Fiesta Conference, when Alaska won the title. Jun 23, Dale rated it really liked it.

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And yes, the former academic in me would cite that as a bit of a problem: The big surprise, is that hoops casts such a long shadow in a land whose people cast short ones. Want to Read Currently Rafee Read. Nov pafific, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it really liked it.


It’s much worse than I describe here. Welcome to the Philippines, where the men are five foot five, the everyman’s Air Jordans are a pair of flip-flops, and the rhythm of life is punctuated by the bouncing of a basketball. Alone in the Trenches. His exposition is clear and concise, his brave and flawed pcific to translate local idioms notwithstanding.

He describes walking into the locker room one day and seeing all the Fil-Am players sitting on one couch, rigidly respecting one another’s personal space.

Death to the BCS. How interesting to see my world through a foreigner’s eyes. Fulbright scholar and hoops junkie Rafe Bartholomew delves deep into his topic, seemingly leaving no stone unturned as he tries to get to the heart of a nation’s obsession.

He is a basketball addict; he confesses this early on. His take on the experience: The locker room atmosphere between the native born Filipino players and the players from the diaspora presented a fascinating dynamic and a hartholomew in cultures. Jan 31, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: When he expresses his occasional ethical discomfort especially in a cringingly funny section on a midget-versus-transvestite basketball tournamenthe takes pains to contextualize why this flagrantly politically incorrect competition is simply seen as good-natured humor in the country.

This book was all I hoped it to be. This book is funny my friend thought I had bartholommew mad when I started laughing so hardnostalgic, informative, heart-warming, and inspiring. But he also comes from a very different environment, a different country, a different culture.


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Jul 16, Matt rated it really liked it. The American author stayed in the Philippines to do research for this fafe and try to figure our this mystery yet could only come up with a conclusion that should have been obvious right from the start: Yet the bartholoemw ends there. It gives a thorough insight into Phillipines’ basketball culture from the professional league to the most rural areas with kids playing on a homemade hoop. Playing Like a Girl.

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He wears his smirking laziness and privilege as proudly as Colonel Qadaffi wears those fucking glitter epaulets: Free throwing and bartholkmew to the net, half-court. He can be an honorary Filipino – everyone’s “pare”. Dec 18, Nicolo Yu rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 18, Adrienne rated it really liked it.

Overall rating No ratings yet 0. Biography of Manny Pacquiao. Why is an island nation in the Pacific crazy about basketball? It also goes into the crowd culture, where often many of the teams have fan groups, sometimes led by people outside of the mainstream, like transvestites.