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12. Migrant

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Carlos Bulosan - Selected Archive Items

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[1891] Rand McNally & Co., New and Enlarged Scale Railroad and County Map of California Showing Every Railroad Station and Post Office in the State (1883),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division [LC Railroad maps, 189].
Building railroads, a major force in California's economic development, required extensive mapping of geographical features. Later maps like this one redefined territory through industrial transportation, political units, and government communications outposts, which guided investment and commerce.

[5385] Anonymous, Carlos Bulosan (n.d.),
courtesy of Filipinos: Forgotten Asian Americans.
Posed portrait of author Carlos Bulosan. Bulosan's semi-autobiographical work America Is in the Heart describes the lives of Filipino immigrants in America, particularly their difficult working and living conditions.

[5869] Dorothea Lange, Filipino Migrant Workers (1938),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USF34-018671-D].
Large field with Filipino migrant laborers working in row. Filipinos migrated to the United States in three major waves. The first and second wave faced exploitative working conditions in agriculture, canneries, and other manual labor industries.

[6060] James Earl Wood, Filipino Laborers, Wide Shot (n.d.),
courtesy of the University of California at Berkeley, Bancroft Library.
Young Filipino working with boxes from cannery in field. Many Filipino immigrants found work at canneries, where conditions were often poor.

[6061] Anonymous, Filipino Man Processing Fruit (c. 1930),
courtesy of the James Earl Wood Collection of Photographs Relating to Filipinos in California, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Photograph of a Filipino man preparing fruit to be sold. Despite the Philippines' status as a U.S. territory, Filipino immigrants faced discrimination and racism in twentieth-century America. Carlos Bulosan worked as a fruit picker when he first arrived in the United States.

[8976] Louis Owens, Interview: "Bulosan's View of American Capitalism" (2002),
courtesy of American Passages and Annenberg Media.
Professor Louis Owens discusses Carlos Bulosan's view of American capitalism.

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