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Jessica Hagedorn

  • War is predicted / in five years / ten years / any day now / I always thought / it was already happening.

    • Jessica Hagedorn,
    • "The Song of Bullets," in Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Mayumi Tsutakawa, and Margarita Donnelly, eds., The Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Women's Anthology ()
  • 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,
    • in Bart Schneider, ed., Race: An Anthology in the First Person ()

Jessica Hagedorn, Philippine-born U.S. writer


Full name: Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn.