Sunday, November 29, 2009


There are many different writers throughout the whole world that have influenced our American culture. That is why I narrowed my search to Filipino writers. It was said that Filipinos are so talented in writing that their national heroes used the pen as a weapon to fight during the war instead of other forms of deadly weapons, which resulted national hero's to write and wrote to express what Filipinos felt about the war.

Americans actually influenced the Philippines, it was primarily the Spanish American War and the ceding of the Philippines. The writers began to use English as their expression because it was the medium of instruction in all schools and was preferred among intellectual elite. For the Filipino's to learn English and Spanish, it helped educate them to become more contact with the humanistic and scientific works of the most advanced countries of the world. While Filipinos were learning with American textbook, instructors, and writers, they started to learn not only a new language but a new life form in their traditions.

Knowing a little big of the Filipino culture of how Americans help develop Filipino literature, can make you appreciate our American culture. It makes you realize that we Americans are having a big influence on other cultures.

Dimalanta, Ophelia A. "Philippine Literature in English: Tradition change." Philippine Literature in English: Tradition Change. Questia, 2000. Web. 29 Nov. 2009.;jsessionid=LStX9t9xNN1zJSk4mk9dk51112hbkyzfThCJhVV2xt2Hvwg6c13W!1681957297!-755419558?docId=95161455.

Leones, Kenny. "List of Filipino Writers." List of Filipino Writers. EZine Articles, 01 Sept. 2009. Web. 29 Nov. 2009.

Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn

Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn was born and raised in the Philippines. Hagedorn mother is Scots-Irish-French-Filipino and her father is Chinese ancestor. She has mixed media style that incorporates songs, poetry, images, and spoken dialogue. In 1963, she moved to San Francisco and she achieved her education at American Conservatory Theater training program. She later than moved to New York in 1978. A Man named Joseph Papp than produced her first play named Mango Tango that same year. In 1985, 1986, and 1988, Hagedorn received Macdowll colony Fellowships, which helped her write Dogeaters. As she grew with her work, she developed a love-hate relationship to many Filipinos. Today, Hagedorn lives in New York still with her husband and two daughters, and still to this day, she continues to be a poet, storyteller, musician, playwright, and multimedia performance artist.

Dogeaters is one of her best selling novels. Which later than became a play. It is about a graphic comic book version of a woman's coming of age in Imelda Marcos' Philippines.

Another book that Jessica Tarhata Hagedorn wrote is Danger and Beauty. danger and Beauty contains many different poems. She wrote this in the 1970's. Hagedorn actually wrote this in dedication to Kenneth Rexroth who first published the poems.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Jose Garcia Villa

Jose Garcia Villa is a famous Filipino poet, writer, generationalist. Villa was born in Manila, Philippines and then migrated to New Mexico in 1930. In 1933, he stated a literary magazine named "Clay". With that magaize, he was the first Filipino to be published in the United States. Villa has created many poems that have been published and is known as a well developed poet and writer to us American's as well as to Filipino's.

One book that Jose Villa has published is "Doveglion: Collected Poems (Penguin Classics)". For the title, Villa's pen names are dove, egale, and lion, which is combined in the title "Doveglion". In this book, it is filled with more the 300 poems.

Another book that Jose Villa has published is "The Anchored Angel: Selected Writings". This is another book that is filled with poetry. "The Anchored Angel" provides many essay's about his life and work.
Villa, Jose Garcia. Doveglion: Collected Poems (Penguin Classics). Penguin Books, 2008.
Villa, Jose Garcia. The Anchored Angel: Selected Writings. New York City: Kaya Press, 1999.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Carlos Bulosan is one famous Filipino who did a autobiography in America Is in the Heart (1946). This book has been taught in Asian American studies and U.S. literature and history courses. America Is in the Heart is about a movement of Filipino migrant workers in the Philippines and on the West Coast of the United States. Cynithia Tolentino goes into great detail about Carlos Bulosan's literature in her article in "Training Center of the Skillful Servants of Mankind".

Focusing on Carlos Bulosan, he did face racial discrimination. Joel Slotkin based his article on Carlos Bulosan in "Racial Hierarchies and Conceptions of the Savage in Carlos Bulosan's Fiction of the Philippines". Slotkin knowledge's Bulosan by his fiction being influence in U.S. culture and the relationship with Philippines "folktale".

"Bulosan Biography." Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2009.

Slotkin, Joel. "Igorots and Indians: Racial Hierarchies and Conceptions of the Savage in Carlos Bulosan's fictions of the Philippines." EBSCO HOST. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2009.

Tolentino, Cynthia. "In the Training Center of the Skillful Servants of Mankind": Carlos Bulosan's Professional Filipinos in an Age of Benevolent Supremacy." EBSCO HOST. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2009.


One of the reason why I chose to write about Filipino writers is because I am half Filipino and half American. It seems as if not a lot of people know about Filipino's, which is including myself. I wanted better knowledge on how Filipino's influenced literature and see if there is any difference in American literature. I believe this is useful for everyone because I believe it will open their horizon's and not just focus American literature. This would be interesting to see the difference or if there really is a difference.