LTEN 28 - Asian American Literature

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LTEN 28 : Asian American Literature Lecture 4/5/11 Carlos Bolusan Part of the 80-90% of Filipinos that came to California We remember him today as an intellectual Educated himself and began to write in the 1930’s We should consider the work as a novel and think of what that would mean. o Don’t think of it as an autobiographical work o Creative work that engages, intervenes, critiques and comments on American society and culture o What is it that the novel strives to do? Answer lies in the descriptive value of the text His reflection on how Filipinos deal with their experiences How the chronicle of this experience has to do with the response towards the challenges they faced Explores many different attitudes of the Filipino workers, to see beyond the big picture Seeing how the protagonist is going to get out of hell o His consciousness isn’t necessarily determined by the environment he is placed in Trying not to just look at the situational determinants, but also more significantly how that situation becomes an object of reflection Provides the reader/writer a different way of resolution Film: Dollar a Day, 10 Cents a Dance 1938, march. Life is difficult, working sun up to sun down for $1 a day Filipinos came to the US in search of the American dream, however they were given cheap labor o “no glittering gold that you can just put in your pocket” o In the middle of the great depression o There’s no way to go back to the Philippines, because they were in California already o Have to pay back what they owe to the folks back at home Filipinos were considered aliens, nationals, brown instead of white Sickness from the farming business The only house that they had was a tent in the camp The grocery store had to pay their own bills before they would pay their Filipino workers o Nothing for support services o Other workers coming from the Dust Bowl also looking for jobs “White Mob Attacks Filipino Workers” Anti-asdl;kfjalk;sj law: Filipino cannot marry cross-cultural o Can’t even marry Mexicans Depending on the state, not California
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LTEN 28 : Asian American Literature o Lots of segregation o Hard to find a room to rent Isolated a mostly bachelor society and put on free activities o Dancing with mostly white women o Music o Taxi Dancing o White women loved Filipino men for their good looks and suave talk Creates tension between White men and Filipino men Watsonville Riot of 1930 o Labor Union concept was birthed o 500 Filipino men demanding better working conditions and wages Cock Fights o Called “picnics” because they were illegal o Isolated, so this was their game to enjoy themselves after work o The “dream big, win big” mentality fueled cock fighting o Gambling became an integral part of Filipino society The large community system led to a “uncles”, which was formed from the large family roots back at home Only after serving in WWII were Filipinos allowed US citizenship
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This note was uploaded on 09/17/2011 for the course LTEN 28 taught by Professor Blanco during the Spring '11 term at UCSD.

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