Kritika Kultura and the Philippine-American Educational Foundation(PAEF) invite you to a lecture

"War and the Construction of the Filipino"


Prof. Enrique de la Cruz

21 November 2007
4.30 pm to 6.00 pm
Faura-AVR. G/F Faura Bldg.
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Q.C.

During the Philippine-American War, the pursuit of a war of colonial annexation by the United States was the subject of a public and political debate that is scarcely remembered or recognized today and that rarely receives a mention in American history textbooks. This debate is documented and captured through political and editorial cartoons of the period. The author and his co-authors have unearthed these, "komiks" about the Filipino, and make them available again through their most recent book, The Forbidden Book. This presentation examines the major themes of this debate, and how, through these cartoons, the racial identity of the Filipino was constructed in the American imagination even before the arrival of the first Filipino migrant workers. The presentation also draws parallels between the themes used to justify a war, over a century ago, and the current American involvement in Iraq .

*Speaker's Bio*
Dr. Enrique de la Cruz is currently Professor of Asian American Studies at California State University, Northridge. He has written articles on Asian Americans, Filipino Americans and the Philippines . He co-authored the award winning publication, "The Forbidden Book: The Philippine American War in Political Cartoons". In connection with the Centennial of Philippine-U.S. relations in 1998, he co-curated a photographic exhibit entitled "Confrontations, Crossings, and Convergence", and edited a special double issue of Amerasia Journal, "Essays into American Empire in the Philippines." He is in the Philippines as 2006-2007 American Fulbright Senior Scholar

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