SF WEEKLY -- At heart, the San Francisco State University graduate is a journalist. who worked for newspapers like the Chronicle and the Washington Post before becoming one of the few Filipinos to win a Pulitzer Prize. But as he gained national recognition for his work, he couldn’t cope with the lies it took to get there and revealed his undocumented status in a 2011 New York Times Magazine essay.
“None of that matters if the government doesn’t recognize that fully,” Vargas tells SF Weekly of his career successes. “One of the questions I wanted to answer is what happens when one person is invalidated by her or his government.”
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