Reviews F I C T I O N Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America. Edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard. Pasig City, Philippines: Anvil Publishing, 1997. 254 pages, paper $22.95. A couple of years ago, I asked a colleague of mine who was preparing a comprehensive anthology of world literature which Filipino writers he was going to include. He wasn't aware of any, he replied, adding that they probably hadn't been translated yet. I explained that many of the best Filipino writers in the Philippines wrote in English, a legacy of American colonialism from 1898 to 1946. With great enthusiasm and some hope, I mentioned a half dozen that he might want to consider, including N. V. M. Gonzalez, Linda Ty-Casper, and F. Sionil José. I wasn't surprised, however, when the anthology appeared without a one. In the United States, the Philippines has always been esteemed for its strategic importance while Filipino culture has been almost invisible. The truth is that the Philippines has a rich literary heritage, extending from the archipelago to the various other countries in which Filipinos have settled, including former colonial masters Spain and the United States. The writers who have made a name for
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Published: Jan 4, 2001
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