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M. A. Lourdes S. Bautista and Kingsley Bolton

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099470

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099470.001.0001

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Filipino diasporic literature

Filipino diasporic literature

(p.337) 17 Filipino diasporic literature
Philippine English

Alfred A. Yuson

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses two distinct features of Filipino diasporic literature. One, it is written in a second language, English, with which Filipinos have been more than familiar for over a century. Two, the output may now be said to compete strongly with, if not carry the possibility of eventually overwhelming, the literature being written “back home.” While literature in the Philippines is written in a variety of languages, including the national one of Filipino, which is Tagalog-based, English-language writers still hold sway. This chapter also discusses the fast-growing number of diasporic writers who have been in the forefront of dynamic Asian-American writing.

Keywords:   diasporic literature, literature, English-language writers, diasporic writers, Asian-American writing

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