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Carly Geller Word Count: 800 9/24/11 J162 Shah I came to know afterward that in many ways it was a crime to be a Filipino in California. I came to know that the public streets were not free to my people: we were stopped each time these vigilant patrolmen saw us driving a car. We were the 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 like Doro inward, hating everyone and despising all positive urgencies toward freedom. In Bulosan’s, “America is in the Heart,” Allos, the young Filipino, gets his initial tastes of life as a minority in America. Allos takes notice of the lack of acceptance for Filipinos in America. Why is it that these Filipinos look suspicious when simply associating themselves with a white woman? Why is it that these Filipinos were stopped in their cars whenever a clearly non-Filipino patrolman caught eye of them? These unfortunate yet very real questions are our proof that America is caught in a society that is based upon intense racial hierarchy classifications. In this passage, Allos’s pure innocence and naivety defined him until this point of
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2012 for the course JOURNALISM 162 taught by Professor Shah during the Fall '11 term at Wisconsin.

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