World War II was flying fast and the Civil Rights Movement was nearly two decades away. The Great Depression, which established and brought into focus a labor struggle between impoverished US citizens, and incoming immigrants working for lower pay, had Just passed. Many of Bullion’s adventures and characters come from the so-called ‘Bachelor Society” that had long been in place.With such a mass exodus from the Philippines for the money promised by America, the Filipino population in America Nas made up largely of men.
They were called a “Bachelor Society” because of a lack of matrimonial prospects, the idea of marrying women of other races, particularly Unite, a taboo issue at the time. There were even clubs where these men would go and pay Just to dance with white women. This is exactly why this book is often used as a teaching tool in many Asian American literature classes.It Introduces readers to an aspect of pre-Civil Rights racism that is fairly unknown, even to most Filipinos.
The fact that Santos’ writes extremely well, being able to mix the metaphors of apples, flags and walls into his tales, without making the writing too stylish for his readers. Ere standouts from this collection of 16 Include: Ere title story “Scent of Apples,” which shows a Kalamazoo, MI, Filipino farmer awning over Santos who had Just given a speech, awed by not only seeing another Filipino, but such a successful one. The Day the Dancers Came” which puts a different spin on “Apples”; Instead, a Filipino longing for contact with his countrymen is extremely excited by the prospect of watching then meeting a dance troupe from the Philippines. He Is severely disappointed when his affections are not returned, a beautiful turn on race-on-race struggles. Also notable are “And Beyond, More Walls,” and a three-story series that delves Into the bachelor society, “Manila House,” “A Peculiar Rustling” and “Nightclub.
” The history Is easy to swallow because of Santos’ Gnarling.It’s understandable how many who have been Introduced to the book In a Class setting could be soured by It. It may be more advisable to learn more about the context surrounding the book before reading It on your own. It may even be more helpful, If you do have to read It for class, to simply have a strong Interest In the topic. Otherwise, this read will be a brick In your hands. Recommended for Fullness interested In a part of their history, and for non-Fullness Interested In Immigration ND racism Issues of the time, or In Pooling history.
Rutting environment.Santos arrived in the United States in 1941: World War II was as a teaching tool in many Asian American literature classes. It introduces readers to Ere standouts from this collection of 16 include: different spin on “Apples”; instead, a Filipino longing for contact with his countrymen the Philippines. He is severely disappointed when his affections are not returned, a and a three-story series that delves into the bachelor society, “Manila House,” “A Peculiar Rustling” and “Nightclub. The history is easy to swallow because of Santos’ Rutting.It’s understandable how many who have been introduced to the book in a class setting could be soured by it. It may be more advisable to learn more about the context surrounding the book before reading it on your own. It may even be more helpful, if you do have to read it for class, to simply have a strong interest in the topic.
Otherwise, this read will be a brick in your hands. Recommended for Filipinos interested in a part of their history, and for non-Filipinos interested in immigration and racism issues of the time, or in Filipino history.