America is in the heart by carlos bulosan
america is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan is the autobiography of the Filipino poet. He begins by describing his early life in the Philippines, describing to the reader what his life was like as a child. He lives on the farm with his father while his mother lives in the city of Banalonan with his brother and little sister. Carlos is the fourth oldest son in the family and he has never met some of his brothers since they departed from the village before he was born.
The hope of the family is brother Macario who is attending high school in a neighboring village. They pawn their land and sell what they can to pay his expenses. When he graduates he will be able to help them and their lives will be better. However, it doesn't work out that way after Macario loses the teaching job he has because of a woman.
Carlos, like other Filipino peasant children, virtually has no childhood. When he is just five years old he is already working in the fields and helping with the cooking and household chores when he is five. When he leaves the farm he helps his mother with her trading business, sometimes traveling to other villages. He works climbing coconut trees and selling the fruit, giving his mother his pay. They all pitch in to try to keep their land and to help Macario through school. Carlos develops his hatred of the middle class when he travels with his mother to other villages and comes into contact with them. Social unrest exists in the Philippines and several peasant rebellions are put down by authorities.
Eventually three of the Bulosan brothers, Macario, Amado and Carlos immigrate to America separately. In the Philippines, they are lead to believe that America represents equality. When they arrive in America they all find that is not exactly the case. There is intense hatred of Filipinos by the whites and there is exploitation. Carlos goes from one situation to another, amazed and astonished by the brutality and cruelty...