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A Filipino immigration story that is unique but also so familiar. To anyone who knows how powerful one's homeland food and language connects you to yourself and others, will deeply resonate with this story. Set in the South Bay Area, Hero De Vera leads herself through understanding her new Asian-American idenity. Castillo portrays how maybe home does not have to be a place or a country, but rather home is in the people that you love.


"Paz took her seat between Roni and Pol. She picked up a wedge of lemon on her plate, squeezed it over the pancit, then began digging into the mass of noodles, crunching along bits of pork and cabbage, her right leg slowly lifting up onto the chair, her white uniform pants stretching" (Castillo 404). 

America Is Not In the Heart by Elaine Castillo

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