“I may have been like other boys, but there was a major difference–my family included 80 to 100 single young men residing in a Filipino farm-labor camp. . . . As a campo boy, I began to see the two faces of America, a place where Filipinos were at once welcomed and excluded, were considered equal and were discriminated against. It was a place where the values of fairness and freedom often fell short when Filipinos put them to the test.”
– Peter Jamero
Peter Jamero’s story of hardship and success illuminates the experience of what he calls the “bridge generation”—the American-born children of the Filipinos recruited as farm workers in the 1920s and 30s. Their experiences span the gap between these early immigrants and those Filipinos who owe their U.S. residency to the liberalization of immigration laws in 1965. A sequel of sorts to Carlos Bulosan’s America Is in the Heart, Jamero’s story resonates with themes of heartbreaking struggle against racism and poverty, and eventual triumph.
Jamero recounts his early life in a farm-labor camp in Livingston, California, and the path that took him, through naval service and graduate school, far beyond Livingston. A longtime community activist and civic leader, Jamero describes decades of toil and progress before the Filipino community entered the sociopolitical mainstream. He shares a wealth of reflections from his career as an executive of health and human service programs in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and San Francisco.
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2006 Jamero, Peter: Growing Up Brown: Memoirs of a Filipino American, University of Washington Press, Seattle
“Growing Up Brown is intense, honest and meaningful.” Rick Bonus, University of Washington
“A very good read and hard to put down…heart-warming and heart-wrenching at the same time.” Mel Orpilla,Vallejo CA
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