Filipino diasporic literature

Alfred A. Yuson

in Philippine English

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099470
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207264 | DOI:
Filipino diasporic literature

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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

Chapter.  8137 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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