America Is in the Heart: A Personal History

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First published in 1943, this classic memoir by well-known Filipino poet Carlos Bulosan 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.

"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 ...

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Overview

First published in 1943, this classic memoir by well-known Filipino poet Carlos Bulosan 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.

"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." - Carlos P. Romulo, New York Times

"The premier text of the Filipino-American experience." - Greg Castilla

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295993539
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 2/24/2014
  • Series: Classics of Asian American Literature
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 185,420
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2002

    Excellent Read

    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.

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