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Carlos Sampayan Bulosan (born to Ilocano parents in Binalonan, Pangasinan, Luzon, Philippines, November 24, 1913, died in Seattle, Washington on September 13, 1956) was a Filipino American novelist and poet best-known for the semi-autobiographical America Is in the Heart.

Carlos Bulosan was born in The Philippines in a rural village of Mangusmana, in the town of Binalonan, Pangasinan. There is considerable debate around his actual birthdate, as he himself used several dates, but 1911 is generally considered the most reliable answer, based on his baptismal records, but according to the late Lorenzo Duyanen Sampayan, his childhood playmate and nephew, Carlos was born on November 2, 1913. Most of his youth was spent in the country side as a farmer. It is during his youth that he and his family were economically impoverished by the rich and political elite, which would become one of the main themes of his writing. His home town is also the starting point of his famous semi-autobiographical novel, America is in the Heart.

Like many Filipinos during the time, he left for America on July 22, 1930 at age 17, in the hope of finding salvation from the economic depression of his home. He never again saw his Philippine homeland. No sooner had he arrived in Seattle, was he immediately met with the hostility of racism, forcing him to work in low paying jobs. He worked as a farmworker, harvesting grapes, asparagus and other kinds of hard labor work in the fields of California. He also worked as a dishwasher with his brother and Lorenzo in the famous Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. He was active in labor politics along the Pacific coast of the United States and edited the 1952 Yearbook for ILWU Local 37, a predominantly Filipino American cannery union based in Seattle.

After many years of discrimination, starvation and sickness, Bulosan had to undergo surgery for tuberculosis in the Los Angeles County Sanitarium, now the USC Medical Center. The tuberculosis operations made him lose most of the right side of his ribs and the function of one lung. He was confined in the hospital for two years where he took advantage and read one book per day for 365 days a year. He became a prolific writer and protective voice concerning the struggles Filipinos were forced to live in.

There is some controversy surrounding the accuracy of events recorded within America Is in the Heart. He is celebrated for giving a post-colonial, Asian immigrant perspective to the labor movement in America and for telling the experience of Filipinos working in the U.S. during the 1930s and '40s. In the 1970s, with a resurgence in Asian/Pacific Islander American activism, his unpublished writings were discovered in a library in the University of Washington leading to posthumous releases of several unfinished works and anthologies of his poetry.

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.

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Total Books: 15
America Is in the Heart A Personal History
2014 - America Is in the Heart a Personal History [Classics of Asian American Literature] (Paperback)Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780295993539
ISBN-10: 0295993537
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Reference, Politics & Social Sciences

The Laughter of my Father
2009 - The Laughter of My Father (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781606530085
ISBN-10: 1606530089

All The Conspirators
2005 - All the Conspirators (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780295984971
ISBN-10: 029598497X
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

America Is In The Heart A Personal History
2004 - America Is in the Heart a Personal History (Audio CD)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780974348537
ISBN-10: 0974348538
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction

Cry And Dedication
1995 - Cry and Dedication [Asian American History & Cultu] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781566392952
ISBN-10: 1566392950

Cry And Dedication Pb
1995 - Cry and Dedication Pb [Asian American History & Cultu] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781566392969
ISBN-10: 1566392969
Genre: Literature & Fiction

On Becoming Filipino Selected Writings of Carlos Bulosan
1995 - On Becoming Filipino Selected Writings of Carlos Bulosan [Asian American History and Culture] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781566393096
ISBN-10: 1566393094
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction

On Becoming Filipino Selected Writings of Carlos Bulosan
1995 - On Becoming Filipino Selected Writings of Carlos Bulosan [Asian American History and Culture] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781566393102
ISBN-10: 1566393108
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction

The Philippines is in the Heart  A Collection of Stories
1978 - The Philippines Is in the Heart a Collection of Stories (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789711003067
ISBN-10: 9711003066

America Is in the Heart A Personal History
1974 - America Is in the Heart a Personal History [Washington Paperbacks, Wp-68] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780295952895
ISBN-10: 029595289X
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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American Is in the Heart American Autobiography Ser
American Is in the Heart American Autobiography Ser (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780781284677
ISBN-10: 0781284678
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

If You Want to Know What We Are A Carlos Bulosan Reader
If You Want to Know What We Are a Carlos Bulosan Reader (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780931122293
ISBN-10: 0931122295

America Is in the Heart [Washington Papers] (Other)