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  • Bulosan Biography

  1. His picture appeared and caption had this quote:

"Can you read the Secrets
Of history in my face?"

  1. Here is a comment on that same page from E. San Juan Jr.:

Of the million Filipinos who found themselves in the United States in the two decades before and after World War II, Carlos Bulosan, his entire life & works, represents the heroic struggles and sacrifices of the Filipino community as a colonized and an emergent national agency in world history.”
-E. San Juan Jr., 1999


     America is not a land of one race or one class of men.  We are all Americans that have toiled and suffered and known oppression and defeat, from the first Indian that offered peace in Manhattan to the last Filipino pea pickers. America is not bound by geographical latitudes.  America is not merely a land or an institution.  America is in the hearts of men that died for freedom; it is also in the eyes of men that are building a new world. America is a prophecy of a new society of men: of a system that knows no sorrow or strife or suffering. America is a warning to those who would try to falsify the ideas of free men.

     America is also the nameless foreigner, the homeless refugee, the hungry boy begging for a job and the black body dangling from a tree. America is the illiterate immigrant who is ashamed that the world of books and intellectual opportunities is closed to him.  We are that nameless foreigner, that homeless refugee, that hungry boy, that illiterate immigrant and that lynched black body. All of us, from the first Adams to the last Filipino, native born or alien, educated or illiterate -- We are America!

  1. Excerpt from America is in the Heart

You are the foundation of this nation . . .

Here are the landmarks of your tradition . . .

Here are factors of human condition . . .”

  1. He was an active member of Local 37 labor union:

  1. The Historical Significance of The Eastern Hotel for Filipinos
    by Doug Chin


“These Pioneer Alaskeros and farm workers, some who have worked in the migrant stream for 50 year, survived and fought this labor system. Their struggle, and that of their compatriots before them, left a legacy that continues to inspire the continual fight of all workers for just and fair work standards for all of us. They made a significant contribution to the labor movement and have helped crafted a better America.”


Exhibit Location
Eastern Hotel
506 Maynard Ave South
Seattle's International District
For more details contact:
Michelle Esguerra
Northwest Labor & Employment Law Office
409 Maynard Ave S #P-4
Seattle's International District



“His other novels include The Laughter of My Father, which were originally published as short sketches, and the posthumously published The Cry and the Dedication which detailed the armed Huk Rebellion in the Philippines. One of his most famous essays was "Freedom from Want," commissioned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as part of a series on the "Four Freedoms" and published on March 26, 1943 in the Saturday Evening Post.

As a progressive writer of labor struggles, he was blacklisted by the FBI due to his labor organizing and socialist writings. Denied a means to provide for himself, his later years were of hardship and flight. He died in Seattle suffering from an advanced stage of bronchopneumonia. He is buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle.”

  • Carlos Bulosan Literary work information:
Some literary critical comments:

“After the war, Bulosan was caught in the ensuing anti-communist hysteria that blackmailed many writers. After Bulosan brought America in his heart, he found that America had ripped off his will to write.”

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