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  1. Growing Up Brown: Memoirs of a Filipino American (Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies)
    Growing Up Brown: Memoirs of a Filipino American (Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies)
    Growing Up Brown: Memoirs of a Filipino American (Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies)
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  2. Growing Up Brown: Memoirs of a Filipino American (Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies)

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"I may have been like other boys, but there was a major difference ― my family included 80 to 100 single young men residing in a Filipino farm-labor camp. It was as a 'campo' boy that I first learned of my ancestral roots and the sometimes tortuous path that Filipinos took in sailing halfway around the world to the promise that was America. It was as a campo boy that I first learned the values of family, community, hard work, and education. As a campo boy, I also began to see the two faces of America, a place where Filipinos were at once welcomed and excluded, were considered equal and were discriminated against. It was a place where the values of fairness and freedom often fell short when Filipinos put them to the test.""― Peter Jamero

Peter Jamero's story of hardship and success illuminates the experience of what he calls the "bridge generation" ― the American-born children of the Filipinos recruited as farm workers in the 1920s and 30s. Their experiences span the gap between these early immigrants and those Filipinos who owe their U.S. residency to the liberalization of immigration laws in 1965. His book is a sequel of sorts to Carlos Bulosan's America Is in the Heart, with themes of heartbreaking struggle against racism and poverty and eventual triumph.

Jamero describes his early life in a farm-labor camp in Livingston, California, and the path that took him, through naval service and graduate school, far beyond Livingston. A longtime community activist and civic leader, Jamero describes decades of toil and progress before the Filipino community entered the sociopolitical mainstream. He shares a wealth of anecdotes and reflections from his career as an executive of health and human service programs in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and San Francisco.

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University of Washington Press
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52 illustrations, index
52 illustrations, index
University of Washington Press
University of Washington Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I am neutral on the rating of this memoir because it would be unfair to pass judgement when there are relatively few memoirs out there written by Filipinos. Unfortunately, in comparison to other memoirs in general, I would have to say it read more like an autobiography and made for wearisome reading. It detailed multiple moves (e.g., "Realty companies advised us that Bellevue, a suburb located about ten miles away from Seattle on the other side of Lake Washington, had the best schools in the area. We ended up buying a two-story four-bedroom house in Bellevue. We then flew back to California and rounded up our children."), his many career changes ("I decided to compete for the new position of division chief. My success as ANC supervisor convinced me that I could do the job."), excessive pride in his achievements ("The State Superintendent of Public Instruction selected me for the project on prominent Asian Americans, and the posters were displayed in public schools across the state. My... Read more
I found out about this book from my in-laws after they received a signed copy from the author. Peter Jamero attended school with both of them and they considered him and, especially his brother who was their classmate, a friend. My wife borrowed it and read it and thought it was wonderful. She and I are both teachers and his journaling of his experiences in school are very helpful to us because it tells a side of prejudice that we don't get to see. My in-laws described him as a great guy to know and a fun person to be with. We see students who show us their true personalities while they conceal the attacks they receive from others. The reason that I purchased this book from Amazon was based on a conversation with my brother's wife. She is half Mexican and half Filipino and one of the most positive, friendly, hard-working people you could ever know. When I described the book to her, she said that it sounded like her life. I was floored. How could anyone show prejudice... Read more
great buy.
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