How musician Karen Carpenter defined American culture to a young Filipino woman

The music duo The Carpenters are icons in the Philippines. Writer Karen Tongson was even named after Karen Carpenter. Now she's written a new book called "Why Karen Carpenter Matters."

Karen Tongson will be speaking at the Last Bookstore in LA on Aug 27, 2019. 

Author Karen Tongson. Photo credit: Betsy Seder.
The cover of "Why Karen Carpenter Matters" by Karen Tongson



  • Karen Tongson - author of “Normporn: Queer Viewers And The TV That Soothes Us,” professor of gender and sexuality, English, and American studies at USC