F Sionil Jose

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Francisco Sionil Jose
(Writer)

He is one of the most widely-read Filipino writers in the English language. His novels and short stories depict the social underpinnings of class struggles and colonialism in Filipino society. His works have been translated into 22 languages, including Korean, Indonesian, Russian, Latvian, Ukrainian and Dutch. His works are very notable because of his feeling regarding colonialism in the country. Injustice was not an alien thing to him. The usual setting of his works is almost similar to his birthplace Rosales, Pangasinan and the plot is according to his experiences when he is still young. He was a dropped-out student from University of Sto. Thomas and later plunged into writing and journalism as his work. The literary works that he wrote were influenced by Jose Rizal. The five volumes of Rosales Saga, in particular, employ and interrogate themes and characters from Rizal's work. Throughout his career, he focused on supporting social justice and change to better the lives of average Filipino families. Jose was assistant editor for the United States Information Service (USIS) from 1948 to 1949, and managing editor of Sunday Times from 1957 to 1960. Jose has also been an information officer for the Colombo Plan Headquarters in Ceylon and a correspondent for the Economist in London. He has worked for various publications including Comment, Commonwealth, and Asia Magazine. He was also a writer-in-residence at the National University of Singapore, a visiting research scholar at Kyoto University's Center for Southeast Asian Studies, in Japan, and a consultant for the Department of Agrarian Reform. In 1958, Jose founded the PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, and Novelists) Philippine Center. In his regular column, Hindsight, in The Philippine Star, dated September 12, 2011, he wrote "Why we are shallow," blaming the decline of Filipino intellectual and cultural standards on a variety of modern amenities, including media, the...
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