For Filipino American writers, the creation of prose or poetry has often been a matter of balancing local issues with global issues and political concerns with the ongoing questions and problems of artistic form. This "balance" no doubt, at times, takes on the contour of a razor's edge. Some Filipino writers in the United States will choose to see their work as independent of national, canonical, and generic boundaries. Some will focus on local coalitions and community issues, while others will choose to range more widely, drawing lines of cultural and political connection between both shores of the Philippines and the United States. All of these threads of literary work come together to form a complex and variegated tapestry of Filipino American literature.
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