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“War is predicted / in five years / ten years / any day now / I always thought / it was already happening.”
“Adaptability is the simple secret of survival.”
“[On The Philippines:] ... eighty dialects and languages are spoken; we are a fragmented nation of loyal believers, divided by blood feuds and controlled by the Church.”
“Writers and scholars have emerged in recent times (some familiar, some new) to continue to challenge the notion of a literature that encompasses the world — and reaffirms our existence in it. It is a multicultural vision that embraces and includes our shrinking universe; it is a multicultural vision that the white man fears and a vision that the rest of us can celebrate.”
Jessica Hagedorn, Philippine-born U.S. writer
Full name: Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn.