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BACKGROUND OF THE WRITER

CARLOS BULOSAN
He was born on Nov. 2 1911* in farming village in Mangusmana, his family farm land
has been sold off so he fly to US to work and arrived on July 22, 1930 at the age of 17.
He have health issues which is he cannot eat meat, he was also an Union organizer,
and as a labor organizer and socialist writer, he was blacklisted. As immigrants from an
American colony Filipinos could not become citizens of the United Stated. Bulosan was
quickly disillusioned by the violence, prejudice, and exploitation the Pinoy suffered as
farm or cannery workers, virtually the only jobs available to them.
After the entry of the United States into World War II, Bulosan became the major literary
voice of Filipino Americans. The war was a complicated issue for the Pinoy, who were
intensely aware of the injustices in the United States but who were eager to participate
in the effort to drive the Japanese from the conquered Philippines. At first, Filipino
Americans were classified as aliens and denied admission to the military services.
Bulosan and others worked to change the law, and President Franklin Roosevelt signed
a special proclamation that led to the formation of the First and Second Filipino
Regiments in the United States.
Too frail to serve in the military, Bulosan fought the war with his pen. He published a
collection of his poetry, Letter from America (1942), and The Voice of Bataan (1943), a
poetic tribute to the American and Filipino soldiers who had died defending Bataan
Island in the Philippines. Bulosan also began to publish stories in mainstream
magazines such as Harpers Bazaar, the New Yorker, and Town and Country.
Some of his famous books are The laughter of my father that based on Filipino
folktales, and his most famous book , the autobiographical America is in the heart
(1946), an often grim depiction of the collective experience of Filipino Americans and an
eloquent plea for the end of racism and intolerance in the United States.
His later years were of flight and hardship, probably including alcoholism Bulosan died
in Seattle of tuberculosis on September 11, 1956, leaving behind the manuscript of a
posthumously published novel about the twentieth-century history of the
Philippines, The Cry and the Dedication (1995).