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Kritika Kultura Launches Double Issue (21 and 22), Featuring Forum Kritika on Chinese Diaspora in the Philippines

Kritika Kultura, the international journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University will launch back-to-back issues (nos. 21 and 22), this August 14, 2013, 4:30 p.m., at CTC 201, Ateneo de Manila University.

The highlight of the launch is the journal’s Forum Kritika on Regional Studies on the Chinese Diaspora in the Philippines, edited by Dr. Richard T. Chu, Five-College Associate Professor of History at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Dr. Caroline S. Hau, Associate Professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University.

“This special section of Kritika Kultura aims to showcase new studies on the Chinese diaspora in the Philippines,” Chu and Hau write in their introduction titled “Region and Microhistory: Writing the Chinese Diaspora in the Philippines.”

“Shaped by the exigencies of decolonization, the Cold War, and post-colonial nation-building, earlier accounts and analyses of the history of the diasporic Chinese have been largely confined within the territorially-bounded Philippine colonial and national state. Moreover, their reliance on sociological paradigms of the time have sometimes resulted in a tendency to cast the ethnic identities of these diasporic subjects in binarist, either-or terms, in the interest of subsuming the life stories of these subjects into metanarratives of the Philippine or Chinese national histories.”

Contributing to this special section are Chu, who discusses the reconstitution of Tsinoy family histories, as well as Josephine M.T. Khu and Teresita Ang See.  Khu writes about the prominent Chinese merchant José Tan Sunco, and Ang See—described in the introduction as “one of the most celebrated Tsinoys in the contemporary era”— outlines her own development as an “activist, community leader, teacher, [and] scholar.”

“Overall, the co-editors hope that the essays will motivate readers to reconstitute Tsinoy life stories or family histories that would help deepen and widen our knowledge of Philippine history; interrogate relations of power; and inspire others to work for change,” Chu and Hau write.

The issue also features new scholarly work from Victor Merriman (who edited the Forum Kritika on Performance and Domination, included in this double issue), Vicente Rafael, Harry Aveling, Jonathan Chua, Judy Ick, Jose Mario C. Francisco SJ, Ramon Guillermo, Hope S. Yu, and Remmon Barbaza, among others. Morever, this double issue marks as well the first offering in the Monograph Series: three essays by Joel David, Taeyun Yu, and Patrick Campos on the imaging of Overseas Filipina Workers in foreign films.

To grace the launch is the Chinese Deputy Chief of Mission and Political Counselor Sun Xiangyang, as well as Prof. Michael Tan of the University of the Philippines. One highlight of the launch is Ms. Christina Liu, Director of the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University, who will provide the cultural intermission playing the guzheng, a Chinese musical instrument.

The launch is co-hosted by Kritika Kultura with the Chinese Studies Program and the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Kritika Kultura is an international journal on literary, language and cultural studies indexed in Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI), SCOPUS, EBSCO, DOAJ and a host of other important indexes and databases.

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