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ELEDIA, JOHANNA ESTEBAL, ANTONETTE LUNA, HAIZEL MARTINEZ, KIRSTEN 3 BIO-1
poet and nonfiction writer. .Author’s Biography: • March 22. 1996 • Son of Tomas (Nuqui) Santos and Vicenta • Filipino-American fictionist. 1911 – January 7. He lived in the United States for many years where he is widely credited as a pioneering Asian-American writer.
Columbia University and Harvard University. Pampanga.Author’s Biography: • Was born and raised at Tondo. Manila but his family roots was originally from Lubao. . • Obtained his BA from the University of the Philippines in 1932 and as a scholar under the Philippine Pensionado program in 1941 he pursued an MA in English at the University of Illinois.
. • After he retired. where he later became a Fulbright exchange professor. he became a Visiting Writer and Artist at the De La Salle University in Manila.Author’s Biography: • He accepted a Rockefeller fellowship in 1958 at the Writers Workshop in the University of Iowa.
Scent of Apples (1979). The Man Who (Thought He) Looked Like Robert Taylor (1983) and What the Hell for You Left Your Heart in San Francisco (1987).Author’s Biography: • Other notable works include: You Lovely People (1955). .
Dacanay.Author’s Biography: • Santos’ The Day the Dancers Came short story was adapted and made into a play entitled First Snow of November by Filipino fictionist and playwright Alfonso I. . The stage version won first prize in the One-Act Play in English category during the 2005 Palanca Awards. Santos’s tale was also adapted and made into a twenty-seven minute film with the same title as the short story.
or of a person from their own sense of self . or of people from what is important or meaningful to them.THEMES ALIENATION estrangement. division or distancing of people from each other.
THEMES MIGRATION is physical movement by humans from one area to another. sometimes over long distances or in large groups .
THEMES HOMESICKNESS the distress caused by separation from the home environment .
SETTING A Snowy November in Chicago .
S. a retired Pullman porter. Citizen.CHARACTERS Filemon “Fil” Acayan – 5o years old. corporal in the U. discharged in 1945 Tony-Antonio Bataller – Fil’s friend and roommate. Filipino U. had been bedridden for two years due to an intriguing disease .S. Army.
One day. doesn't care much about these dancers. a fellow Filipino who also became a U.S.SUMMARY The story is about a Filipino U. he lived in America. Tony. citizen named Fil. Fil got so excited because he knew Filipino dancers from the Philippines were coming over to America to perform. on the other hand. He got so excited that he even practiced the way he would talk in front of them and the dialect he would use. planning to be the young dancers’ tour guide in America. Tony doesn’t even want to participate with Fil’s plans. . citizen after the war. He even cleaned his car. He was a corporal during the war and since he got an American citizenship. Fil lived with Tony.S. Only Fil feels excited about their arrival. He had tidied his house and planned to cook adobo and other Filipino dishes that he was certain they are craving for.
SUMMARY Fil drove to the hotel where the dancers were supposed to stay. he approached a small group but they all neglected his offer saying that they had no time and would move away from him. But he was so shy that he does not know how start. As if by common consent. He felt the desire to approach them. “They were always moving away. ignore his presence. invite them to his house and they would have a wonderful conversation.” Realizing that they were not really interested of his humble offer. he sadly went away. How he wished Tony was with him. He knew Tony could speak English more fluently than him and also Tony is better with dealing with other people than him. he saw them. . While at the lobby of the hotel. Finally. They were a group of young dancers. they had decided to avoid him.
he watched the dancers perform in the theatre. Meanwhile. He turned on the tape recorder and listened to the music and the pattering of feet during the dances. Tony woke up and ordered him to turn off the recorder. in panic. He recorded everything in his tape recorder – this is where he kept all the significant sounds that he hears and whenever he was free. Fil accidentally erased the recordings on the tape and “there was nothing now but the dull creaking of the tape on the spool and meaningless sounds…” . Meanwhile. When he came home from the theatre. he would listen to the sounds recorded and it always felt like being in the place again.SUMMARY Later that evening. He was in such pain that he was moaning. Tony was already asleep.
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS Why does Fil cling to old memories of home through an evening with the dancers who came to Chicago? .
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS Even though Fil was living in the U. he never forgot his Filipino identity and he couldn’t avoid to think about the Philippines and his fellowmen. . for a long time.S. It is a common desire of longing for one's hometown among Filipino immigrants no matter how desperate it may seem (like Fil's desperation to be friends with the Pinoy dancers who would perform) and it also reflects the typical Filipino immigrant's value for his homeland.
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS Why does Fil consider time and memory as villains? .
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS When Fil was handling his “magical sound mirror”. Time. present time would always be superior. for Fil. he accidentally pushed the erase button and he screamed. It symbolizes his waking up to reality even though he plays the recorded sounds to reminisce moments. flew by quickly and he didn’t notice how the feelings of his memories towards his homeland had changed. .
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS How does the erased recording of the dancers’ performance present a metaphor for Fil’s feeling of exile and homesickness? .
he somehow felt that he had fellowmen with him that reminded him of home which had been long gone from his memories. .COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS Fil was staying in the U. The erased recording symbolizes that after the show. it had only dawned to Fil that he was still an “exile” and he felt stronger feelings of homesickness. for a long time and when the Filipino dancers came.S.
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS After the encounter with the dancers from the Philippines and the erased recording. how would you describe Fil’s understanding of the migrant’s sense of loneliness. specifically as Santos’ ends his story: “Biting his lips.” . startled by the first light of dawn. Fil turned towards the window. He hadn’t realized till then the long night was over.
. Fil’s being startled in the first light of dawn can be viewed as a reminder of his lonely state. Fil’s expectations of what would happen on the day that the dancers came became disappointments.COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS His understanding of loneliness can be described as being stuck in time. His supposed alleviation from homesickness became a much more hurting loneliness when his invitation was ignored by the young Filipino people. In the end. However. it can be inferred from the last sentence that Fil is not ready to let go of the memories he holds.
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS How does Bienvenido Santos picture the feeling of alienation by the first generation of immigrants to America? How does it parallel or present a different picture when compared to the experience of contemporary Filipino migrants in America and anywhere in the world today? .
deprived of the social networks. .COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS Aging and alone after a lifetime squandered trying to make it in a foreign country. Nowadays. The feeling of alienation can be triggered by these two places they consider as their homes. transportation and communication technology. and cultural tolerance that make working abroad easier today. homesickness is lessened because migrants today already see that they are not alone in their situation. since there are a lot of Filipino migrants in every part of the world. unlike the first wave of Filipino migrant workers in the United States in the 20th century. migrants like Fil have found themselves wandering between two homes-one unwelcoming and persistently unfamiliar. and the other forever barred to them by time.