America Is in the Heart

America Is in the Heart

by Carlos Bulosan


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America Is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan

A 1946 Filipino American social classic about the United States in the 1930s from the perspective of a Filipino migrant laborer who endures racial violence and struggles with the paradox of the American dream.

Poet, essayist, novelist, fiction writer and labor organizer, Carlos Bulosan (1911-1956) wrote one of the most influential working class literary classics about the U.S. pre-World War II, a period and setting similar to that of Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row. Bulosan's semi-autobiographical novel America is in the Heart begins with the narrator's rural childhood in the Philippines and the struggles of land-poor peasant families affected by US imperialism after the Spanish American War of the late 1890s. Carlos's experiences with other Filipino migrant laborers, who endured intense racial abuse in the fields, orchards, towns, cities and canneries of California and the Pacific Northwest in the 1930s, reexamine the ideals of the American dream. Bulosan was one of the most important 20th century social critics with his deeply moving account of what it was like to be criminalized in the U.S. as a Filipino migrant drawn to the ideals of what America symbolized and committed to social justice for all marginalized groups.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143134039
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Carlos Bulosan (1911-1956), born in Binalonan, Pangasinan under U.S. colonial occupation of the Philippines, arrived in the United States at the start of the Great Depression as part of a generation of Filipino migrant workers. From 1930 to 1956, Bulosan developed into a leading Filipino writer in the United States committed to social justice. In the 1930s, Harriet Monroe of Poetry magazine introduced Bulosan to the literary world as a poet. His editing of The New Tide (1934), a Filipino workers' literary magazine, connected Bulosan to progressive American writers such as Richard Wright and Sanora Babb. Bulosan established his position as a major Filipino writer with The Laughter of My Father (1944) and America Is in the Heart (1946). An iconic figure of Filipino American literature, Bulosan was recovered by the Asian American movement and the Philippine national sovereignty movement of the 1970s. The central figure in introducing and situating Bulosan within Asian American Studies and Philippine Studies for over four decades is the internationally renowned Filipino literary scholar and cultural theorist E. San Juan, Jr.

Jeffrey Arellano Cabusao is an associate professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. During the 2006-2007 academic year, he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of English at Kalamazoo College. He received a 2011 Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). His teaching and research focus on U.S. Ethnic Studies (specifically comparative approaches to Asian American and African American Studies), Cultural Studies (literary and cultural theory, media literacy, critical pedagogies), and Women's Studies (feminist movement and social change). In 2016 he edited Writer in Exile/Writer in Revolt: Critical Perspectives on Carlos Bulosan which gathers pioneering essays by major scholars in Filipino American Studies, American Studies, and Philippine Studies as well as historical documents on Carlos Bulosan's work and life for the first time.