November 17, 2010

With about ten million Filipinos (Overseas Filipino Workers/OFWs) scattered around the planet, the Philippines has become scandalously known as the supplier of domestics/servants, not transnational cosmopolites. Yet few Americans, much less Filipinos, know or care about this fact. The mass media folks are concerned about the Philippines as the country where the terrorist Abu Sayyaf bandits are roaming, making the country unsafe for tourists and visitors.

Two books by Filipino scholar/intellectual E. San Juan explore this turn of events: TOWARD FILIPINO SELF-DETERMINATION (released this year by the State University of New York Press) and CRITICAL INTERVENTIONS (to be published in January 2011 by Lambert Academic Publishing in Germany).  The first book provides a background to the Filipino diaspora, including Filipinos residing in the United States, and examines the Filipino predicament in its historical context.  The second book includes comparative literary analysis of texts and discourses from Joyce to Kingston and Jose Garcia Villa, as well as an inquiry into the prospect of decolonization and freedom from predatory global capitalism.

A Filipino resident in the U.S., San Juan is an internationally recognized cultural critic and emeritus professor of English, Ethnic Studies, and Comparative Literature. He was previously a Fulbright professor of American Studies at Leuven University, Belgium; a fellow of the W.E. B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University; fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center, Bellagio, Italy; and visiting lecturer at Tamkang University, Taiwan; and at the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University. San Juan’s recent works include Beyond Postcolonial Theory (Palgrave Macmillan), Racism and Cultural Studies (Duke UP); Working Through the Contradictions (Bucknell UP); In the Wake of Terror (Lexington); US Imperialism and Revolution in the Philippines (Palgrave); and  Balikbayang Sinta: An E. San Juan Reader (Ateneo UP).   Some of his works are posted in three sites:

The E. San Juan Archive <;,
Philippines Matrix Project <>
and “Crying in the Wilderness” (www. philcsc.>

CONTACT:  Philippines Cultural Studies Center

117 Davis Road, Storrs, CT  06268, USA



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