He was led to believe that equality existed among all classes and individuals in the United States.
Then in 1906, Filipino laborers arrived in Hawaii to work on the sugar plantations (the beginning of the “Sakada” or plantation worker system).
Hearing our native stories makes us proud of our own literature, which we don’t need to depend on our colonizers language just to be known in this world.
We have our own kind of ability and strength, and that is our literature.
He picked apples in Eastern Washington and finally moved south to California to continue the familiar seasonal cycle of picking fruits and vegetables.
Years of Bitterness In Washington, the future author experienced racism when whites torched a bunkhouse where he slept. Romulo, “it carried him into years of bitterness, degradation, hunger, open revolt, and even crime.One of the famous folk epics is Biag ni Lam-ang, it was about a born baby who’s very strong and named himself after being born, he was said to be the strongest man and can defeat all his enemies.It is one of the examples of the works of our ancestors; it describes our Philippine literature and shows the characteristics of it.Enticed by stories of the United States and by the departure of his elder brothers Macario and Dionisio for California, in 1930 Bulosan quit his job working for his family peddling vegetables and salted fish at the local market.He paid for passage on the Dollar Line to Seattle, Washington.This is just one example of conflicting versions of his younger years in a peasant family with three brothers and two sisters.The family farm was sold, hectare by hectare, to pay for boat fare for his older brothers’ passages to the United States.Our Philippine literature before we were colonized is amazing because its uniqueness catches the interest of the readers, even those tourists who visits here.Whenever they hear our native or epic stories, they would listen attentively and be amazed by it.According to his baptismal records, Bulosan was born in Pangasinan Province in the Philippine Islands on November 2, 1911.But other sources give Bulosan’s birth date three to four years later.