Carlos Bulosan (b. 1911)
Questions for Discussion and Writing
1. Reread the final paragraph of “Be American,” and then read Carl Sandburg’s short famous poem “Chicago” in the Norton Anthology of American Literature. What are the similarities in spirit? In each work, what has to be overcome to affirm that spirit? Are these works surprising in their respective conclusions?
2. How would you describe Bulosan’s protagonists? What are the problems and the advantages, for a writer, of centering stories on people with these aspirations and this inner life?