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The Semblance of IdentityAesthetic Mediation in Asian American Literature$
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Christopher Lee

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804778701

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804778701.001.0001

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Conclusion The Difference Asian America Makes

Conclusion The Difference Asian America Makes

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The Semblance of Identity
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This chapter deals with the writings of José Garcia Villa (1908–1997), one of the most influential English-language Filipino writers of his generation. Known for his innovative poetry, prose, and criticism, Villa moved to the United States permanently in 1930. In 1973, he was declared a National Artist in his native country, the Philippines. His writings offer an instructive case study of the relationship between literary aesthetics and the operations of post-identity, as well as an opportunity to extend the canon of Asian American literature and challenge the coherence of Asian American Studies. While Villa's reputation rests largely on his poetry, his first major publication in the United States was a collection of twenty-one short stories entitled Footnote to Youth: Tales from the Philippines and Other Stories (1933).

Keywords:   José Garcia Villa, Philippines, United States, short stories, Asian American Studies, Asian American literature, Footnote to Youth, literary aesthetics, post-identity

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