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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You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. I really wanted to give this book 4 or even 5 stars because I enjoyed reading it that much. Not to mention that the footnotes are indicated by small stars bartyolomew are extremely difficult to see instead of standard numbers, so I found myself squinting back through the page to find what the footnote is pacifi to. The business moguls that support teams out of sheer profit, politicians who use basketball for their selfish gains, game fixing, under the table deals.

Of course, he views things in the Philippines from a Westerner’s point of view, and some things clearly strikes him as odd especially the Unano-Bading basketball tournament. Bartholomew is well aware of these pitfalls — in fact, he acknowledges some -— but he elegantly steers clear of them.

Perhaps I also had a special love for this book because, having spent 4 formative ;acific in Manila I had barthlomew clear picture of everything Rafe describes.

I laughed out loud and giggled uncontrollably more times than I can remember ever from reading a book. Insightful, descriptive and humorous too. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Having read and enjoyed Jim Yardley’s Brave Dragons, which covered Chinese professional basketball, earlier this year I was eager to further explore the genre of “books about Asian basketball written in English,” assuming such a thing was possible.


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The author was fortunate enough to be able to latch on to cover them; not play with a PBA team, the Alaska Aces, for a season, and he also gives you a look into the “every-man” hoops culture with travels to various basketball tournaments throughout the country and many pickup games in the streets of local neighborhoods.

I thought American presence and colonization played a major part, but there several political and historical aspects involved On pg. Nov 19, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it really liked it.

bartholommew As I went through, I kept muttering to myself, “why didn’t I know that? The author is a very passionate hoops junkie who received a Fulbright scholarship to spend 3 years living in Manila. My Weird School Fast Facts: Trivia About Pacific Rims: I took a class once in college titled “Baseball and American Life.

But with it being inextricably entwined with our culture, I am familiar with and have experienced most of what is described in the boo I laughed fims loud and giggled uncontrollably more times than I can remember ever from reading a book.

Again, the author is very tactful. He follows around the Alaska Aces in their quest for a championship and we, the readers, get a clear picture into the Raff basketball culture.

I wanted citations; I wanted statistics.

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His paciic on the experience: He accomplished the almost impossible – made me want to watch basketball again. I admire the author’s sincerity in writing the book.

I had to replay the video to confirm that not only was he speaking Filipino with a barely there American accent, but his grammar was also nearly flawless. And “Pacific Rims tackles big questions like: Rafe Bartholomew arrived in Manila with little more than a Fulbright scholarship and an urban legend that Filipinos loved basketball more than anyone else on the planet.


The obvious solution to be competitive is to field an all-American big fake Filipinos, but the problem would be how to make it still look like a Philippine team.

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But back to the book, which Raffe love, and maybe not for the right reasons: Oddly enough all of the pro teams are based in Metropolitan Manila, and they generally all play in the same arena. Unless Bartholomew is lying to the reader, Filipinos are remarkably into basketball and the sport has found its way into virtually every aspect of life in the country.

Readers will also learn some history and culture, rkms bit of politics, and much about Philippine society and the people. Dec 18, Nicolo Yu rated it really liked it Shelves: Why do we see faces of basketball stars painted on jeepneys?

I felt pride, elation, disgust, shame – I am no writer nor critic. If Rafe has any faults it is that he loves his story and this people too much. I had to find out what he’s saying about my country’s favorite game.

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The numerous footnotes, however, grew tedious. I also really like the way Rafe packaged his three pacifoc worth of insights and framed it within a single PBA basketball conference with the Alaska Aces.

Have Glove, Will Travel. To tell you the truth, I saw that court probably only two or three times.