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Ninotchka Rosca, co-author of Jose Maria Sison: At Home in the World – Portrait of a Revolutionary, is a professional writer/novelist and professional speaker. She is also the International spokesperson of GABRIELA’s Purple Rose Campaign against the traffick of women, with an emphasis on Filipinas. GABRIELA is the preeminent women’s rights organization of the Philippines.

Additionally she was the founding chair of GABRIELA Network USA, member of the Executive Board of PEN American Center, member of the lecture bureau of Amnesty International, member of the Survivors Committee for the UN World Conference on Human Rights, and a speaker at the UN 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.

Rosca is author of Bitter Country and Other Stories, The Monsoon Collection, State of War, End Game, and the novel Twice Blessed which won her the 1993 American Book Award. She has also published articles and essays in publications such as The Village Voice, Q, MS Magazine, The Nation, and Internationale.

Of her conversations with Professor Sison, in her latest book, Dr. Edberto Villegas says “Arriving at the end of the book, it is as if Ninotchka has drained to the bottom all that is within Joema. The questions themselves are sharp probing of the world situation and without them, one doubts whether the book would have presented a thorough analysis of the international order as it did. Ninotchka also treats Joema as a natural fellow, asking the most intimate and challenging, sometimes embarrassing, questions from him.”

Rosca admits to having “a propensity for walking into the heart of controversy”—hence this collaboration with the founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Rosca now resides once again in San Jose, California.

Read the interview in which Rosca discusses women's rights and American public's 'willful ignorance' of US presence in Philippines.