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P.O. Box 31928
San Francisco, CA, 94131-0928

A space to encourage writing of Filipino American literature and the arts




Our forthcoming publications for 2015 and 2016 include:

NVM Gonzalez, Kalutang: A Filipino in the World.

Janice Sapigao, Microchips for Millions.


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Janice Lobo Sapigao

Introduction by M. NourbeSe Philip

ISBN: 978-0-9981792-1-6

LCCN: 2016957188

Publication Year: 2016

Cover artwork: Jessica Sabogal

Book design: Edwin Lozada

Pages: 76

Size: 6" x 9"

Binding: Softbound


~Janice Sapigao, in this powerful and innovative debut, captures her mother’s traumatic experience as an assembly line worker in Silicon Valley, as well as the larger social, economic, and environmental impacts of the high tech industry. The poems switch between English, Ilokano, and binary code, and between documentary, visual, ethnographic, and lyric modes. In our time of toxic exposure, labor exploitation, and gentrification, Sapigao shows us how poetry can be a site to protest injustice, affirm dignity, and maintain hope. —Craig Santos Perez

~Google the words “Silicon Valley,” click on “Images,” and you’ll find maps documenting the swarms of companies encroaching upon the Bay Area alongside pictures of youthful, bearded hipster entrepreneurs riding shiny new cruiser bikes along idyllic, palm tree-lined walkways to their million-dollar offices. What you won’t find are photos of those who made Silicon Valley what it is today:  the assembly line workers putting in 12-hour day after 12-hour day, making “microchips for millions” — mostly immigrant, mostly women, all exploited. microchips for millions is a bitterly sweet love letter from Janice Sapigao to her mother, and through her mother’s eyes and words, she brings these unknown stories to light, somber reminders that like many other American institutions today, Silicon Valley is built upon the backs of those who give everything they have and are given little to nothing in return. —Liza Marie S. Erpelo


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microchips for millions

is Janice Lobo Sapigao's first poetry book! It is a documentary and exploratory poetry collection about the exploitation of immigrant women in the Silicon Valley and those who built it all – those like the author’s mother. Through the use of binary code, the Filipino language, Ilokano; personal observation, and scholarship, microchips for millions draws out the social layers of the microchip, which are central to the global economy. The book interrogates Silicon Valley as an ideal place of innovation, technological advancement, and a highly populated concentration of computer-based startups. What is not popularly known is that the Silicon Valley is also home to flagrant and covert injustice where toxic chemicals and “clean” energy risk the lives of workers. Published by Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA), Inc., copies will be available after November 16, 2016.


Janice Lobo Sapigao is a writer, poet, and educator.  She is the Associate Editor of TAYO Literary Magazine, and a co-founder of Sunday Jump, an open mic in Los Angeles’s Historic Filipinotown. She earned her M.F.A. in Writing from CalArts and has a B.A. in Ethnic Studies with Honors from UC San Diego. She currently lives in San José, CA. #mymommakesthevalle

Photograph of Janice Sapigao by Kirstie Mah


Microchips for Millions Launch and Reading Schedule



San Francisco Book Launch

Friday, February 24, 2017 • 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.

@ The Philippine Center, 447 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

An evening of poetry with Janice Lobo Sapigao

along with Kimberly Davalos, Von Torres, Alex Fernandez (Host)

Presented by Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. [PAWA],

Fourth Filipino American International Book Festival,

and the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco

Community Partner: Arkipelago Books

Register for the event:


San Jose Public Library Author Fair

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 • 2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Dr. MLK, Jr. Library, Room 225

150 East San Fernando St., San Jose, CA 95112


Los Angeles Book Launch

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 • 7:00-9:00 P.M.

@Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042


Skyline College Book Launch

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 • 5:30-7:30 P.M.

@Skyline College, 3300 College Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066


San Jose Book Launch

Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 • 7:00-9:00 P.M.

@ Silicon Valley De-Bug, 701  Lenzen Ave, San Jose, CA, 95126

With Lorenz Dumuk, Arlene Biala, Suzy Huerta, Janice Lobo Sapigao

Brought to you by Silicon Valley De-Bug, PAWA, Cheers from the Wasteland