From the Islands to the Fields

24 November marks the birthday of writer and activist, Carlos Bulosan. Bulosan left for America in 1930 at age 17, in the hope of finding salvation from economic depression. He would never again see his Philippine homeland. Upon arriving in Seattle, he experienced racism and was forced to work in low paying jobs. He worked as a farmworker, harvesting grapes and asparagus, and doing other types of hard work in the fields of California. He also worked as a dishwasher. Bulosan was active in the labor movement along the Pacific coast of the United States and edited the 1952 Yearbook for International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 37, a predominantly Filipino American cannery trade union based in Seattle. His book, ‘America is in the Heart,’ is available in the campus libraries, which are accessible to University Staff by the use of their WisCard.