America is in the heart; a personal history

by Carlos Bulosan

Paperback, 1946




Seattle, University of Washington Press [1973, c1946]


"First published in 1946, this autobiography of the well-known Filipino poet describes his boyhood in the Philippines, his voyage to America, and his years of hardship and despair as an itinerant laborer following the harvest trail in the rural West. Bulosan does not spare the reader any of the horrors that accompanied the migrant's life, but his quiet, stoic voice is the most convincing witness to the terrible events he witnessed"--

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LibraryThing member camarie
If you are interested in the true racism that Filipinos experienced when coming to America in the twentieth century, then this book is for you. It is heartbreaking to think of the troubled lives they lived while trying to make a better life for their families. This book will make you appreciate our own life and accomplishments.
LibraryThing member jscape2000
This "memoir-novel" (the amalgamation of Bulosan's experiences with others he witnessed or heard about) tells the story of his immigration to America from the Philipines during the Great Depression. Bulosan's language is unambiguous and direct, but the same quality holds his writing back from the transcendent depictions of bigotry and oppression achieved by writer-activists like Frederick Douglass or Bill Mullen.… (more)



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