America Is in the Heart: A Personal History

America Is in the Heart: A Personal History

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"It was a crime to be a Filipino in California.... The public streets were not free to my people: we were stopped each time these vigilant patrolmen saw us driving a car. We were suspect each time we were seen with a white woman. And perhaps it was this narrowing of our life into an island, into a filthy segment of American society that had driven Filipinos...

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"It was a crime to be a Filipino in California.... The public streets were not free to my people: we were stopped each time these vigilant patrolmen saw us driving a car. We were suspect each time we were seen with a white woman. And perhaps it was this narrowing of our life into an island, into a filthy segment of American society that had driven Filipinos... inward, hating everyone and despising all positive urgencies toward freedom."

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New York Times - Carlos P. Romulo

America came to him in a public ward in the Los Angeles County Hospital while around him men died gasping for their last bit of air, and he learned that while America could be cruel it could also be immeasurably kind.... For Carlos Bulosan no lifetime could be long enough in which to explain to America that no man could destroy his faith in it again. He wanted to contribute something toward the final fulfillment of America. So he wrote this book that holds the bitterness of his own blood.

Pacific Northwest Quarterly - Greg Lewis

Bulosan’s gripping memoir-novel of a young Filipino immigrant long ago secured its place in Asian American literature.... An outstanding introductory essay extends the historical discussion (and in some ways brings it full circle) in this third edition.... [Bulosan’s] call to action resonates with the same urgency today as it did seven decades ago.

Saturday Review of Literature
People interested in driving from America the scourge of intolerance should read Mr. Bulosan's autobiography. They should read it that they may draw from the anger it will arouse in them the determination to bring to an end the vicious nonsense of racism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295993539
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
02/21/2014
Series:
Classics of Asian American Literature Series
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
353,990
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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It was a crime to be a Filipino in California.... The public streets were not free to my people: we were stopped each time these vigilant patrolmen saw us driving a car. We were suspect each time we were seen with a white woman. And perhaps it was this narrowing of our life into an island, into a filthy segment of American society that had driven Filipinos... inward, hating everyone and despising all positive urgencies toward freedom.

Meet the Author

Narrator Jose Horstman Omila is the executive director of the Philippines Performance Arts Company and the Bayanihan Arts Center in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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America is in the heart gives a first hand perspective on being an immigrant from the Philippines to the United States. He uncovers the discrimination that Filipinos faced during the early 1900s. As a Filipino-American, this story really hit home for me. It's was an enjoyable read which took me only 3 days to finish.