The Day the Dancers Came

Bienvenido Santos
Imaging the Filipino Immigrant Click to edit Master subtitle style

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Introduction
 “Exile

is the mother of nationality”

 Contemporary

Philippine life is punctuated by departures and returns, by migration and diaspora.

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What is “diaspora”?
A

greek word which means “scattering of seeds” movement of a population sharing common national and/or ethnic identity

 Any

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Migration/Diaspora by Filipinos
 1900’s

– a Filipino community had already settled in Louisiana (USA)  1903 – pensionados or government scholars were sent to the United States to study  Filipino sugar planters were exported to California and Hawaii  They were also assigned to work for the farms and canneries of the Pacific and West Coast states.  Present day – Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s)
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About the Story
 The

story “The Day the Dancers Came” is all about: alienation migration diaspora homesickness

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Characters
Major Characters:  Filemon Acayan  Antonio Bataller Minor characters:  Filipino children dancers

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SUMMARY

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