Jason Tanamor

Author of Vampires of Portlandia and Love, Dance & Egg Rolls

Named one of the "5 Best Modern Filipino Writers" by Pinas

"What made Jason one of the best Filipino authors is his attitude of never shying away from any themes. He can write almost everything from horror, humor, fantasy, to even satire." 

Nena Jimenez, Pinas - The Filipino's Global Newspaper

Featured Book:

Love, Dance & Egg Rolls

Young Adult/#OwnVoices/Rom-Com/Humor

Jamie Santiago is just an ordinary high school teenager―he has a huge crush on a girl from school, he watches a ton of sitcoms, and he is constantly trying to keep his dad from feeding egg rolls to his white friends. Not to mention he also aspires to be the next Tinikling master. Okay, maybe he’s not so ordinary.

It's hard enough balancing the demands of high school, but when the last ever Asian Folk Festival falls on the same day as Homecoming, it feels like Jamie's world comes crashing down. He is forced to make an important decision between honoring his heritage and salvaging what's left of his social life. With a racist bully at school and rising protests in Portland, Jamie sometimes wonders if it would be easier to forget his Filipino side entirely instead of trying to embrace it.

[Play the catchy sitcom music]

[Cue the laugh track to numb the serious stuff]

If only life were so perfect.

Tensions will rise in Love, Dance & Egg Rolls as Jamie decides whether it's more important to remain hidden in plain sight or step directly into the spotlight. Jamie will not only come face-to-face with a bully, but also with this thing called cultural identity.

Latest News:


LOVE, DANCE & EGG ROLLS is reviewed by Windy City Reviews.


Jason Tanamor's new YA Filipino novel, THE LEGEND OF SENSEI TSINELA, announced via UCLA Extension.


Jason Tanamor visits the TV show, LIVING LOCAL, in his hometown to talk "Love, Dance & Egg Rolls."


Jason Tanamor talks about LOVE, DANCE & EGG ROLLS in this interview with We Need Diverse Books.


Broadway Direct lists LOVE, DANCE & EGG ROLLS as one of the "Best New Theater Books of Summer 2022."


Jason Tanamor is a Filipino-American writer and author.

Named as one of the "5 Best Modern Filipino Writers" by Pinas Global Newspaper and listed as one of Positively Filipino's "Fil-Ams Among the Remarkable and Famous," Tanamor is the acclaimed author of the Filipino themed novels "Vampires of Portlandia," "Love, Dance & Egg Rolls, and "The Legend of Sensei Tsinelas." 

He was nominated for the 2024 UCLA Allegra Johnson Writing Prize and he has been featured in several Filipino publications like Esquire Philippines, CNN Philippines, Filipino Daily Inquirer, and Asian Journal.

Tanamor currently lives and works in Illinois.