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Coming Home by [Gloria Palileo]

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 Juan de la Cruz is a young Filipino-Americangrowing up in the eighties, a time shortly following the Civil Rights era inwhich American citizens whose skin color does not represent the norm are stilltreated with frightening unfairness.  Juan plays video games, enjoysshopping at the mall, and watches television like the rest of American youth. He is a straight-A student who, on paper, has a bright future ahead ofhim in whatever career he chooses.  Nevertheless, Juan (who would preferhis parents and classmates call him "John") is waking up to the world aroundhim, where his peers bully him because of his ethnicity, where "coming home" -that is, visiting family in the Philippines - feels more to Juan like leavingeverything he knows for a strange and alien land.
Coming Home is an eye-opening read that - depressingly - remainsas likely a story today as it did during Juan's childhood thirty years ago.While racism is an inherently sensitive subject, Palileo frames it in such away that readers are able to see not only the effects of prejudice, but itsroots as well: oftentimes, it is from one's parents, or classmates, or from themedia that one learns to act a certain way toward certain people. Mostintriguingly, we see the beginnings of prejudice taking hold in Juan's parents,who have perhaps begun to mirror the behaviors of other community members.Whatever your lineage or upbringing, Coming Home is a compelling read that willhopefully spur readers into action. In light of recent events taking place inour country, we ought to feel driven to combat racism and prejudice whereverwe observe it. (From Red City Review; rated 5 stars)

About the Author

Gloria Javillonar Palileo arrived in the United States from the Philippines in September, 1966 with fifty dollars (borrowed) in her pocket. Graduate assistantships got her through the master’s degree program at Kansas State and the doctoral at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After over twenty years on the sociology faculty at the University of South Alabama, she is now retired but still teaches classes there online. In the early 1980s, she and her husband, Ross, adopted two boys and a girl from the Philippines. COMING HOME is inspired by the children’s experiences with adaptation to their new home.

The author’s multicultural experiences include living in Delhi, India as a UNESCO Fellow in the early 1960’s and in Egypt on a U.S. Department of Education Group Study Abroad grant in 1982.

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • Publication Date : May 28, 2014
  • File Size : 747 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 123 pages
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B00KN5W8OI
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1494306395
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
  • Lending : Enabled
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