An Evening Discussion with LUIS H. FRANCIA, Author & Adjunct Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies, New York University. Moderated by Isabel Escoda, Filipino Journalist.
Harcourt Room at the Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road
Cocktail reception at 6.30 p.m., Presentation at 7.00 p.m., Close at 8.00 p.m.
$150 Asia Society members/Full-time students; $200 Non-members
A country in its adolescence, the Philippines is struggling to emerge from a rich, troubled and multilayered past – from the arrival of the Spanish in the sixteenth century to the subsequent American occupation and beyond. What impact did colonialism have on the Philippines? How did nationalist consciousness begin, first with Rizal and his fellow ilustrados who called themselves “Indios Bravos”? Poet and essayist Luis H. Francia will construct a historical narrative, serving as a useful guide for those who are curious about this Southeast Asian archipelago but know very little about it. Mr. Francia is a prize-winning writer. A resident of New York City, he teaches at New York University and Hunter College and is on the board of the Asian American Writers Workshop. He also teaches creative writing at City University of Hong Kong. Mr. Francia writes for numerous international journals and magazines and is the author of several books including a semi-autobiographical account of growing up in the Philippines, Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, which won the 2002 PEN Open Book and Asian American Writers Literary Awards. His latest book, History of the Philippines includes various Philippine narratives, with an eye for the layers of colonial and post-colonial history that have created this diverse and fascinating population.
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