Thesis

Kain na! : the life and times of Carlos Bulosan

Thesis (M.A., History)--California State University, Sacramento, 2016.

Carlos Bulosan, Filipino writer and labor organizer, fabricated or embellished details of his life in his autobiography and elsewhere.
 Bulosan's autobiography, America Is in the Heart, will be heavily scrutinized for accuracy. It will be cross-referenced with archival materials and other primary sources. Some of his writings will be examined to extract literary themes that play throughout his life, and to get a sense of his mindset. Bulosan never gave a completely accurate depiction of his life. He took on Filipino migrant sufferings for himself and wrote as if he experienced these abuses firsthand. He did this in order to give his audience an arena in which to seriously contend with the hardships Filipinos faced in America.

Carlos Bulosan, Filipino writer and labor organizer, fabricated or embellished details of his life in his autobiography and elsewhere. Bulosan's autobiography, America Is in the Heart, will be heavily scrutinized for accuracy. It will be cross-referenced with archival materials and other primary sources. Some of his writings will be examined to extract literary themes that play throughout his life, and to get a sense of his mindset. Bulosan never gave a completely accurate depiction of his life. He took on Filipino migrant sufferings for himself and wrote as if he experienced these abuses firsthand. He did this in order to give his audience an arena in which to seriously contend with the hardships Filipinos faced in America.

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