"America is in the Heart?
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This paper looks not only at the book, "America is in the Heart", by Carlos Bulosan, but also at the writer behind the book. It examines how American literature has changed over the past decades to include Asian and Asian-American experiences and focuses on the work by Bulosan who offers a unique perspective on Asian life - specifically the experiences of Filipino-Americans in the first half of the twentieth century. The paper follows the life of Bulosan and how he came to America and discusses how Bulosan's work encourages people of all racial and gender backgrounds to reflect upon and strive to improve their relationships with one another.
From the Paper:"Bulosan arrived in the United States in 1930 and began his publishing career as a poet, contributing to many of the prestigious magazines of the era such as Town and Country and The New Yorker. Despite the fact that Bulosan considered himself primarily a poet, his true success is as a fiction writer. Although he published several short stories, he is best known for his personal history America Is In The Heart. America was first published in 1946 by Harcourt, Brace & Company, Inc. and was re-released in 1973 by the University of Washington Press. Because America is subtitled, "A Personal History," many people considered this work strictly as Bulosan's autobiography. However, according to his close friend P.C. Morantte, although the book is peopled by real characters, "[Bulosan] had to fictionalize his characters, including himself at times" (Morantte 131). Morantte, a character in the original draft of the book, further adds that America is "30% autobiography, 40% case history of Pinoy (Filipino immigrant) life in America, and 30% fiction" (Morantte 31)."
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