#MyMomMakesTheValley Hometown Book Launch

Bringing light to the dangerous and often unspoken toxic reality of the Silicon Valley through the personal reflections of what she lived while her mother worked in valley clean rooms - Janice Sapigao released her first book of poetry, microchips for millions, to a room full of family, friends and fans.

Janice at the mic, reading from her book
Janice Lobo Sapigao is a writer, poet, and educator.


Folks from all parts of her life, Janice said, joined her for this special moment - her hometown book launch at Silicon Valley De-Bug. 

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. 



Lorenz, host, poet
Lorenz Dumuk, reader and host for the night.

Arlene with a smile, a hand on her heart
Arlene Biala, featured reader is the 2016-2018 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate.

Suzana reads from Poetry & Resistance
Suzy Huerta, reader and curator and host of the readings series, Oakland Crossroads in Oakland, California.

Flowers, Stickers Flowers and microchips for millions stickers.

Erik and Li of Cheers from the Wasteland
Erik Saenz and Li Patron of the place based journal Cheers from the Wasteland.

Adding to the poetree Folks enjoying the Poetree.

Robertino getting a signed copy of microchips for millionsRobertino recieves his autographed copy of microchips for millions.

audience member reading book
Yaccaira flips through the first pages of microchips for millions.

Janice signs book for studentsStudents with signed copy of microchips for millions.

Selfie with a friend
Friends, books, selfies.  

Keep up with Janice at janicewrites.com 


Related Media:
Writing as a Mirror: Janice Sapigao on Her Upcoming Book, microchips for millions.

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Cheers from the Wasteland: A San Jose Place Based Journal

This article is part of the categories: Arts & Culture  / Business  / Community  / Economy  / Education  / Environment  / Health  / Immigration  / Poetry  / San Jose//South Bay 
This article is part of the tags: Cheers from the Wasteland  / clean room workers  / Janice Sapigao  / microchip industry  / microchips for millions  / my mom makes the valley  / Pinay poet  / Pinay writer  / San Jose writer  / Silicon Valley  / toxic tech 


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