What Is the Japanese Influence on Filipino Literature?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 14, 2020 7:54:52 AM ET

The Philippines were occupied by Japan during WWII, which produced many long lasting effects, both good and bad, on Filipino literature. Writing in Tagalog, the native Philippine language, was greatly encouraged, while writing in English was severely limited and often forbidden altogether. Furthermore, there was no freedom of speech or press, and censorship was widely practiced.