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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Homecoming is that eternal and unrealizable dream for expatriated Filipinos, from the migrant workers of the 1930s to the skilled and professional immigrants of the last two decades. Sheer economic hardship or cultural estrangement after relocation consign them to limbo and leave-taking. Homecoming becomes an act to be imagined; a dream pursued by Carlos Bulosan in his village stories and 1950s novella, The Power of the People; a hope nursed by the "hurt men" of Bienvenido Santos's Scent of Apples (1981); an experience textualized by Ninotchka Rosca's account of the 1986 Four-Day Revolt in Endgame: The Fall of Marcos.
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