Filipino Love Stories

Love Notes

Love NotesI memorize, And I kiss the name that you sign. I'm not alone in the night, When I can have all the love you write.
As these lines from the love ballad suggest, letters and songs can create that sense of intimacy when loved ones are separated by space. These notes tell us about those feelings that bring individuals together, but they also suggest the circumstances that create the spaces that divide lovers in the first place. For Filipino migrants of the 1920s and 1930s, the intervening spaces were due to migration or social taboos--both consequences of American and Spanish imperialisms. 

Closing the gap and the conditions for intimacy are always constrained by social and historical conditions and by the medium of expression. But within these constraints, we witness a bit of human ingenuity. 

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