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Velasco Arts and Bindlestiff Studio presents
PeregriNasyon, Is America in the Heart?
Excerpts from Chris Millado’s play based on the novel America is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan
This is a free, outdoor production showcasing the lives of Filipino farm workers during the Great Depression.
America is in the Heart is a semi-autobiographical novel written in 1942 by Carlos Bulosan, a Filipino farm worker who immigrated to the United States as part of the 150,000 male labor force that worked the Alaskan canneries and farmlands along the Western coast, stretching from Washington to California. Chris Millado, a Filipino American playwright, adapted the novel into a play and was produced by Teatro ng Tanan in 1994, San Francisco.
Mr. Bulosan was the contemporary of John Steinbeck, he taught himself how to read and write in English and created a rare and historical novel that documented the lived experiences of farm workers from the 1920’s to the 1940’s. While Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men are part of the public school curriculum, America is in the Heart, written by a Filipino farm worker of what life was like during the Great Depression, is only known to a small circle of scholars and historians.
This is a rare glimpse of our local history, of Filipino cannery workers and farmers that fed us and nourished us, and whose lives were very much a part of the American landscape.
The creative team include: Lorna Velasco, Joyce Juan Manalo, Aureen Almario, Drea Castillo, Naomi Macalalad Bragin, Rosie Diño, Arlo Magpoc, Manny Golez, Matt Dela Cruz, Terrence Jeffrey Santos, Linda Rigor, Omz Velasco, and Ginno Malig.
Special thank you to Dr. Robyn Magalit Rodriguez and Jason Sarmiento of the Bulosan Center for Filipinx Studies, Glenn Aquino, Roger Rigor, Pastor Vic Langford, Astrid Malig, Zoe Velasco, and Rzo Velasco. With additional support from 4Culture.
Photo used with permission by University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, UW512
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