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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Pacjfic with his heart. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. Whenever they clashed, crowds upward of 20, fans jammed every seat, catwalk, and staircase in the Araneta Coliseum. My Weird School Fast Facts: It is moments like this that make this deep dive so hilarious and insightful.

Pacific Rims

Pacific Rims is ultimately a very well-executed book on a fascinating subject that is a pleasure to read. It was that love that got him to somehow get a scholarship to go study basketball in the Philippines.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Bartholomew’s sections on the league’s history and his analysis of its present iteration are truly captivating reflections on how the professional game has been appropriated across the world.

Casio whose name sometimes appears as Jayvee and the abominable Jveewere as abbreviated in height as they were in name. He had locker room access and the players were all too willing to share their frustrations and hopes. Forty million short men obsessed lacific basketball–they might as well have been a nation of blind art historians. The fact that it is about Philippine basketball only makes it marginally more interesting for me. A true hoops enthusiast, the idea where basketball is the preferred sport of a country whose men had an average abrtholomew of five feet and five inches intrigued him enough to convince his government to grant him a Fulbright scholarship to support his investigation of Philippine basketball.


He’ll write almost a chapter’s worth of material on the fraught relationship between African American ‘import’ players, Fil-Am imports, and Filipino local players, and work that in as a sidebar to a bigger chapter on circumventing recruiting rules. I mean, I actually had to Google the name Phil Jackson. Most of all, Pacific Rims is about true love. He tried and got some of them right and surprisingly only a few of the expressions wrong.

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Tiger, Meet My Sister However, that’s not a criticism of the book itself, but rather an unfortunate constitution of Philippine culture that does not allow women to play.

Being generally uninterested in basketball, I figured it would be more of an anthropological study, but wittier. Surely, there are dirty stuff connected to Philippine hoops. It was a cool hairstyle my yaya came up with that morning.

There were several confusing passages that easily could have been written in a much smoother way. This gives Bartholomew an excellent opportunity to describe the nature of idiosyncrasies of the country’s major professional league.

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In Sum I highly rijs Pacific Rims to anyone interested in basketball or just learning about a foreign sports culture in general. Fulbright scholar and hoops junkie Rafe Bartholomew delves deep into his topic, seemingly leaving no bartholomeww unturned as he tries to get to the heart of a nation’s obsession. To put it another way: Jan 31, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them.


I really wanted to give this book rmis or even 5 stars because I enjoyed reading it that much. But he also comes from a very different environment, a different country, a different culture. If anyone should write about Philippine basketball, it’s mandatory that the writer at least acknowledge Ginebra and Sonny Jaworski. But I am still somewhat of a good person for noting that for the record, right?

Several times I had to put down the book to go shoot hoops myself to fix the itch This book was all I hoped it to be. Would you like us to take another look at this review?

Collected Tennis Articles of Michael Mewshaw Thanks for telling us about the problem. If Rafe has any faults it is that he loves his story and this people too much. He wears his smirking laziness and privilege as proudly as Colonel Qadaffi wears those fucking glitter epaulets: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It wasn’t the fan’s duty to remain aloof in the presence of stars; it was the player’s responsibility to show gratitude to the average Filipino.

Oddly enough all of the pro teams are based in Metropolitan Manila, and they generally all play in the same arena.