On Becoming Filipino Selected Writings of Carlos Bulosan

ISBN-10: 1566393108

ISBN-13: 9781566393102

Edition: N/A

Authors: E. San Juan

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A companion volume to The Cry and the Dedication, this is the first extensive collection of Carlos Bulosan's short stories, essays, poetry, and correspondence. Bulosan's writings expound his mission to redefine the Filipino American experience and mark his growth as a writer. The pieces included here reveal how his sensibility, largely shaped by the political circumstances of the 1930s up to the 1950s, articulates the struggles and hopes for equality and justice for Filipinos. He projects a "new world order" liberated from materialist greed, bigoted nativism, racist oppression, and capitalist exploitation. As E. San Juan explains in his Introduction, Bulosan's writings "help us to understand the powerlessness and invisibility of being labeled a Filipino in post Cold War America." Author note: Born in 1911 in the Philippines to a peasant family, Carlos Bulosan was one of the first wave of Filipino immigrants to come to the United States in the 1930s. After several arduous years as a farmworker in California, Bulosan became involved with radical intellectuals and started editing the workers' magazine The New Tide.While hospitalized for three years for tuberculosis and kidney problems, Bulosan began writing poetry and short stories. Despite having little formal education, he saw his talent for writing as a means to give a voice to Filipino struggles, both in the Philippines and in the United States. He went on to publish three volumes of poetry, a best-selling collection of stories, The Laughter of My Father, and America Is in the Heart, the much acclaimed chronicle based on his family's battle to overcome poverty, violence, and racism in the United States. The Cry and the Dedication carries on Bulosan's passionate, satirical style. PE. San Juan, Jr. is Fellow of the Center for the Humanities and Visiting Professor of English, Wesleyan University, and Director of the Philippines Cultural Studies Center. He was recently chair of the Department of Comparative American Cultures, Washington University, and Professor of Ethnic Studies at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. He received the 1999 Centennial Award for Literature from the Philippines Cultural Center. His most recent books are Beyond Postcolonial Theory, From Exile to Diaspora, After Postcolonialism, and Racism and Cultural Studies.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 4/28/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Publication History
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Passage into Life
The Story of a Letter
Be American
The Soldier
As Long as the Grass Shall Grow
Life and Death of a Filipino in America
Homecoming
The Thief
The End of the War
How My Stories Were Written
The Growth of Philippine Culture
My Education
Freedom from Want
Filipino Writers in a Changing World
I Am Not a Laughing Man
The Writer As Worker
Biography
Surely the Living Departed
The Manifesto of Human Events
Blood Music, 1939
The Shadow of a Tear
Death and Transfiguration
Waking in the 20th Century
Letter in Exile
Portrait with Cities Falling
For a Child Dying in a Tenement
The Foreigners
Needing No Time
Hymn to a Man Who Failed
Factory Town
Meeting with a Discoverer
Biography Between Wars
If You Want to Know What We Are
To My Countrymen
Letters (1937-55)
Letters to an American Woman
Letter to a Filipino Woman
Autobiographical Sketch
Selected Writings by and about Carlos Bulosan
Criticism and Commentary on Bulosan
About the Editor
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