April 6, 2006 Author Carlos Bulosan is Topic of Symposium April 28

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Public Contact: Anchi Hoh (202) 707-5673

The Asian Division of the Library of Congress will hold a daylong symposium on author Carlos Bulosan, titled “America Is in the Heart for the 21st Century,” from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 28, in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

The Library, in conjunction with the Asian Division Friends Society (ADFS), is coordinating the program as a centennial project to commemorate the first-wave migration to Hawaii by Filipino nationals. Our Own Voice, an online literary journal for Filipinos in the diaspora, is the ADFS’s partner in the project to reintroduce the writings of Bulosan to the public. Bulosan depicted the early Filipino migrant experience in the United States and is best known for his book “America Is in the Heart.”

The symposium’s keynote speaker will be Albert F. Del Rosario, Philippine ambassador to the United States. The Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines is co-hosting the event.

In conjunction with the symposium, attendees will have the opportunity to view the Philippine collections on display in the Asian Reading Room in LJ-150.

Reme Grefalda, editor of Our Own Voice, said, “We owe it to Carlos Bulosan, the writer, to rescue his works from oblivion and bring him to his rightful place in the literary annals of America.” By focusing on the body of literature contributed by Bulosan, the symposium is expected to illuminate the ideology, philosophy and vision of an important author of Filipino heritage, who valued the idea and ideals of America.

Noted Bulosan scholars are among the panelists, who include E. San Juan, Jorshinelle Taleon-Sonza, Lane Hirabayashi, Rick Baldoz, Jeffrey Cabusao, Marilyn Alquizola, Susan Evangelista of Palawan, Philippines, Cynthia Domingo and Tim Libretti. Domingo will talk on Bulosan’s involvement with the labor movement in Seattle. Other papers will discuss the U.S. labor recruitment in Hawaii, Bulosan’s life and ideology, and Bulosan’s writings.

Symposium co-sponsors include the Philippine American Writers and Artists Inc.; the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA AFL-CIO); Arkipelago Philippine Books, San Francisco; Carayan Press, San Francisco; and Remedios G.


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