Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Alex Tizon reached the top of his profession when he was awarded the Pulitzer in 1997 for his investigation with two colleagues from the Seattle Times on fraud and mismanagement in the Federal Indian Housing program.
His new book Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self tells his story of the time he felt like he was on the bottom of the “manhood hierarchy.”
He recently talked to Michelle Martin of NPR. The interview can be heard in its entirety on WBFO.
Tizon immigrated from the Philippines with his family.
“When we came to the United States, the Vietnam war was just ratcheting up and so the Asian faces that I saw on the news, they were the face of the enemy,” Tizon said. “Asian men particularly, were either small, ineffective or they were evil. And those messages were deeply, deeply embedded in me for many years.”
You can read about how he felt alone and what happened to change the perception of himself on WBFO.