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Underground in Japan
A book about ordinary life conducted under the extraordinary conditions of exile and secrecy. For all its deprivations, the migrant workers life has its seductive side, its own lure. A refined morality does not last long in Koto, but the somewhat battered outlook that does survive deserves such respect as it gets here.
Paperback, 162 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Ateneo de Manila University Press
(first published April 30th 1992)
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Rey Ventura (born 1962 in Isabela) is a Filipino writer who now resides in Japan. After his engineering studies for 3 years he participated in the First Quarter Storm demonstrations against then President Marcos before getting into his senses and studied B.S. Political Science at Trinity College in Quezon City. After his graduation from that school, he got a scholarship to study in Japan for one year. Few months before his student visa expired, he decided to become an illegal alient (TNT-tago ng ...more
While the title has a recall in terms of looking at the "TnT" (tago ng tago) option that usually begets migrant workers, the content may have deviated a bit from what is traditionally known within these circles. Although the work is able to provide its readers a sense of urgency, with how the characters tend to work in order to pay or provide instead of working to save. The raw quality of the interactions between various Filipino workers and the citizens is an interesting point to raise, however ...more