Karen Tongson

a professor at USC, panelist on the Pop Rocket podcast and the author of a new book called “Why Karen Carpenter Matters.”

A professor at USC, panelist on the Pop Rocket podcast and the author of a new book called “Why Karen Carpenter Matters.”

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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."

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."

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Evan Kleiman and friends visit Lutong Bahay, a common style of Filipino restaurant called a “turo turo.”

A Filipino Food Crawl: Lutong Bahay

Evan Kleiman and friends visit Lutong Bahay, a common style of Filipino restaurant called a “turo turo.”

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Evan Kleiman and her friends visit Auntie Dee’s Pan de Manila, a bakery in Glassell Park serving a wide variety of sweets and baked goods, including the yeasty rolls known as   pan de…

A Filipino Food Crawl: Auntie Dee’s Pan de Manila

Evan Kleiman and her friends visit Auntie Dee’s Pan de Manila, a bakery in Glassell Park serving a wide variety of sweets and baked goods, including the yeasty rolls known as pan de…

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