Monthly Archives: August 2008

FILIPINA WORKERS’ NARRATIVES: TESTIMONIES OF SUBALTERNS WHO CAN SPEAK


FILIPINA “SERVANTS” RESISTING GLOBALIZATION:  Agency and Representation in Migrant Women’s Narratives Nearly ten million Filipinos, mostly women domestics, now comprise the expanding Filipino diaspora of migrant workers all over the world. This is a historical phenomenon of unprecedented proportions. How … Continue reading

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BERTOLT BRECHT: The Philippine Connection


BERTOLT BRECHT’S SENORA CARRAR’S RIFLES AND ITS THIRD WORLD RESONANCE by E. SAN JUAN, Jr. –BERTOLT BRECHT, Arbeitsjournal A recent sojourn in the Philippines for a year has confirmed for me Brecht’s usefulness (his favorite epithet) in revitalizing the moribund … Continue reading

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SALUD ALGABRE & iba pang mga tula — E. SAN JUAN, Jr.


SALUD ALGABRE, BABAENG MANDIRIGMA At iba pang bagong tula E. SAN JUAN, Jr. MGA NILALAMAN 1 Salud Algabre, Babaeng Mandirigma 2 Punta Spartivento 3 Balikbayang Sinta 4 Baguhin Mo ang Iyong Buhay 5 Politika ng Kasaysayan 6 Nagtatanong ang Mga … Continue reading

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POSTCOLONIAL ENGLISH IN THE PHILIPPINES


POSTCOLONIAL ENGLISH?  OR NEOCOLONIAL DIS-SIMULATION? FILIPINO WRITING IN “ENGLISH” Given the rise of “englisches” in the shadow of Global/World English, is it possible to draw up a provisional account of Filipino writing in English from the orthodox formalistic and aestheticist … Continue reading

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APPRECIATING AMADO V. HERNANDEZ, Revolutionary Proletarian Artist


AMADO V. HERNANDEZ: AN INTRODUCTION By general consensus, Amado V. Hernandez (1903-1970) is the most serviceable Filipino revolutionary artist of the twentieth-century whose poetry, fiction, and plays in Filipino (the national language of 80 million Filipinos) continue to inspire the … Continue reading

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EMERGENCY SIGNALS FROM EXILE


EMERGENCY SIGNALS FROM A FILIPINO EXILE –E. SAN JUAN, JR. Ang hindi lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makararating sa paroroonan. [One who does not look back to where he came from will not  reach his destination.] –Ancient Tagalog proverb By … Continue reading

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PRODUCING THE “FILIPINO” IN THE “BELLY OF THE BEAST”


ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF PRODUCING AND REPRODUCING THE “FILIPINO” I hope the Americans will understand that the present state of culture of the Filipino people shall not put up with subjugation by force as a permanent condition. The Filipinos may … Continue reading

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