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Carlos Bulosan; pedagogy and interdisciplinarity; Asian American studies; US–Philippines colonial relations; Filipino self-determination and Filipino American labor activism; scholarship of teaching and learning

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University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines

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Who is Carlos Bulosan? Why is he significant? Why teach Bulosan in our classrooms? These questions function as points of departure for this lecture delivered in Summer 2021 for the UNITAS International Lecture Series cosponsored by CLASS and Kritika Kultura. By reviewing the significance of Carlos Bulosan, this talk provides an opportunity to examine the continued relevance of Bulosan and his works for the twenty-first century. A pioneering Filipino writer of the twentieth century, Bulosan developed a unique transgressive aesthetic that travels across national and literary boundaries and, in the process, reimagines the boundaries of Filipino identity and literary categorization. Emphasis is placed on approaches to teaching Bulosan within the Asian American studies classroom at Bryant University. Within Bulosan’s literary imagination, transgression is inextricably interconnected with transformation.