Attitude 13
Attitude 13
A Daughter of Guam's Collection of Short Stories
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Attitude 13: A Daughter of Guam's Collection of Short Stories offers a glimpse into the life of Chamorros across the spectrum of humanity. Taimanglo's anthology includes a myriad of voices and points-of-view with strong Chamorro themes. The stories range from humorous to poignant and offer a mirror for fellow Chamorros and a passport for others to be introduced to the Pacific Islander culture. From the pride of a "Hafa Adai!” to the shackles of a culture scarred by colonialism, Attitude 13 is a literary expression of Taimanglo's love for her island home of Guam.

I left the movie theater and the warm air embraced me. It was almost midnight. I was out alone. This was the 67th movie I watched solo. Don't feel sorry for me. This was my own doing. I didn't get to the age of 33, still single, still a virgin, by accident. I am alone on purpose. I am a large Chamorro woman on purpose. My fat is a shield, my armor.--from Goddess

I held the letter for about five minutes before I could move again. I looked around my small apartment like I might see grandma sitting in my bean bag chair or glaring at me in the reflection of my mirror. It was sunset and the eerie quiet of the evening didn't help me shake the fear that I might be mafa'nague. I sniffed the air for rotting eggs or perfume, remembering stories from my family of being visited by the dead. I sat at the edge of my bed and the envelope, beige from aging was thick and heavy. --from By Any Other Name

Kim never envisioned being a captain in the Army and a mother of two. She did not see herself ever leaving the safety of her tropical island of Guam. When Kim was ten, she only saw one week ahead of her. She did not have the internet to explore the world and its issues. She did not have parents who sanitized her every thought or move. Kim played in the dirt, she carried on at the neighbor's house until dusk, and she dove into dinner without washing her hands. Today's world, as advanced as it was, was still barbaric. War still existed. Almost thirty-years-old and Kim was an action figure.--from Sand

“Where the hell is the chenchule' list?” Tata yelled from his bedroom. My uncle's viewing at Santa Teresita church started half an hour earlier. Tata needed to know how much my Auntie Louisa gave us last year. This was not how I wanted to spend my Saturday morning, but this was Guam. Funerals are a local past time. --from The List

Tanya Chargualaf Taimanglo was born in 1974 to a Chamorro Army soldier and a South Korean beauty, Un Cha Kang. Her father is the late Siñot Tedy Gamboa Chargualaf. Tanya is the eldest child of three. Her mom and brothers, Theo and Sonny K. Chargualaf reside on Guam with their families. Sonny created the cover and title art for this book in addition to their children's book, Sirena: A Mermaid Legend from Guam.

Tanya is the product of a Guam public school education. She graduated in 1992 from George Washington High School. She attended the University of Guam on a Merit Scholarship. She graduated with honors with a BA in English and Secondary Education in 1996. Tanya had an eight year career as an English and Creative Writing teacher at John F. Kennedy High School; working proudly with the Tourism Academy. She taught alongside her late father, a Chamorro teacher and brother, Sonny--an art teacher. She has had work featured in Latte Magazine (Chirika's Pepper Plant), University of Guam's Storyboard 6 and articles in local business magazines. She received the Who's Who Among America's Teachers award in 2000 and 2002. Her short story, Yes, I Am., will be included in an anthology featuring Pacific Islander writers in 2011, USO's on Freeways.

Tanya married her childhood friend, Henry Taimanglo--a Navy Chief, in 2004 in the village of Asan, Guam. They currently reside in California with their two children. Tanya volunteers with the non-profit organization, CHE'LU, Inc. which strives to promote the Chamorro culture through education.


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