Margarita Alcantara

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Sabrina Margarita Alcantara-Tan (born June 10, 1970) is a writer and the creator of the print zine series Bamboo Girl.[1][2] The zine is no longer active as Alcantara has an active acupuncture practice in New York.[3][4]

Bamboo Girl[edit]

Bamboo Girl was an independent print zine which circulated in the US from 1995-2005. It highlighted content that commented on homophobia, racism and sexism. Alcantara notably featured Filipina authors: Ninotchka Rosca, Jessica Hagedorn, Perla Daly, in the series.[5][6]


She received her Masters of Science in Acupuncture at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is now a licensed acupuncturist.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Alcantara is an Asian-American queer woman. Alcantara was born in Pennsylvania. She now lives in New York City.[8][9]


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  2. ^ "Asian American Women's Artist Association: Resources". Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  3. ^ Alcantara-Tan, Sabrina Margarita (2000). "The Herstory of "Bamboo Girl" Zine". Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. 21 (1/2): 159–170. doi:10.2307/3347041. JSTOR 3347041.
  4. ^ "Margarita Alcantara | HuffPost". Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  5. ^ "The resilience of Bamboo Girl: From warrior to healer". The FilAm. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  6. ^ L, de Jesus Melinda (2005). Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory : Theorizing the Filipina/American Experience. Psychology Press. ISBN 9780415949828.
  7. ^ "Good Vibrations: Reiki & Soundbaths to Stickers?". DOSE. 2017-10-08. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  8. ^ "The Postmodern Queer Identity Movement". Utne. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  9. ^ "Read a F*cking Zine: 50 Zines by Queer People of Color". Autostraddle. 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2018-08-08.