SI JUANITO NOONG PANAHON NG MGA AMERIKANO = JUANITO, DURING THE AMERICAN OCCUPATION
Quezon City, Philippines : Adarna House, c2001.
tatay was wrong, the sugar here in America is not sweeter than the sugar
back home. The sugar back home is just as sweet."
Juanito Valdez says this to
himself as he reflects on the last three years working on a sugar plantation
in Hawaii. Juanito, now Johnny (his American name) came
to America with his father at the age of twelve. He and his father, along
with many other men and young boys, came came to America from the Philippines
in search of a better life and to work on the wonderful plantations they
heard of. When they come, they face the cruelty at the hands of greedy
American plantation owners who exploit the old and the young for
monetary gain. Juanito is forced to give up his name and much
of his culture. When his father decides to return home to the Philippines,
Juanito makes the choice to stay and work on another plantation. Juanito
finally realizes that life back in the Philippines had its beauty and richness
Philippines -- History -- Japanese occupation, 1942-1945 -- Fiction.