Coming Home Kindle Edition
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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.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,017,266 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Inspired by the experiences of the children that she and her husband adopted from the Philippines, "Coming Home" is a story that needs telling.
Juan de la Cruz, an American-born twelve-year-old with Filipino parents who immigrated. He suffers from the racist barbs of school bullies who call him a "chink," and then discovers his friends also do not consider him an American. However, Juan likes to go to the mall, play video games, and hang out like his peers. He doesn't see himself as different. However, some of his classmates do since they don't quite know where to place him since he isn't white; he isn't black. It is here when Palileo broaches the subject of generational racism as the children who mock Juan are picking up their opinions and derogatory name-calling from somewhere.Is it inherent in the culture? Do the children pick it up from their parents? Is it peer pressure?
The conflict between identities is increased by his parents--his father welcomes being in America, his mother wants to return to the Philippines. She believes her son will never be accepted as an American. Juan, desperate to be an American, insists on being called "John," asks his mother for plastic surgery on his nose, and, finally asks to be circumcised--a request that causes further crisis in the family.
When Mrs. De la Cruz decides to take "John" for a visit to the Philippines, Juan decides he will become Filipino, tan himself and begins learning Tagalong. He soon discovers, however, that his Filipino cousins consider him very much an American. Though they take him on their adventures and include him in their games, the poverty and strange customs of his parents' homeland, plus tales of circumcision practices of the past, convince Juan that he wants to come home to America. It isn't until he is home that he realizes he, after all, belongs to his family and that is where "home" is for him.
The book also gives an interesting insight into history and customs of the Philippines, a culture seeking to rid itself of the influence of hundreds of years under oppressive Spanish rule. "Coming Home" focuses on the effects that a history of oppression and racism could have when it zooms in on one little first generation American boy and his immigrant parents. Those who are intrigued by the story's back story of Philippine history may find Palileo's latest work titled "The Indios" of great interest.