"BALIKBAYAN" intends to initiate a critical discussion on the subject of Philippine-US relations, its history and legacy. We will look at (1) current issues in the Philippines, (2) aspects of Philippine-US relations, with an eye to power (im)balances and the lingering efects of colonial policy, and (3) the implications for the Filipino-Americans have taken and continue to take inlight of the past one hundred years.
Session 1: Looking Backwards to Go Forward
This panel will lay the groundwork for material that we will discuss throughout the conference. The panel will provide a historical review of Philippine and Filipino-American history of the past century. Its concern will be with what this history means for Filipino-Americans: What is our historical inheritance as Filipino-Americans, what is its relevance to us, and what are its implications?
Session 2: Philippine Issues
This session will focus on current issues in the Philippines, with a special emphasis on the development of these issues over the past century. Issues such as economic development, political movements, and the status of Philippine culture and media will be looked at as rooted historically, as currently developing, and as continually evolving.
E. COMMERCIAL (Tourism)
F. REFORM MOVEMENT (?)
Session 3: The US-Philippine Relationship
The US-Philippine relationship is the focus of the third session. This session is concerned with examining the nature of what this relationship has been and what it now is. What are the power dynamics at work? How is power used? to what ends? Particularly, what have been the tangible consequences of the US-Philippine relationship, whether in terms of economic development, institutions, or sexual commerce (i.e. sex tours, mail order brides, etc.)?
A. THE SEX TRADE: Mail order brides, sex tours, and women's labor exploitation
B. AN AMERICAN PRESENCE: Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Asian Economic
C. OVERSEAS CONTRACT WORKERS
D. LEGACIES: English in Philippine schools, Int'l schools, Filipino literary criticsm
E. NON-FILIPINO ALLIES: The anti-imperialist struggle taken up by non-Filipinos
Session 4: Implications for and Instances of Activism
What does the knowledge of the preceding panels point to? What are their implications for us? Moreover: What issues today are in need of collective action? What does effective activism look like? Session IV explores the reasons for activism, as well as features the many forms it takes within our communities.
A. WAKING UP FROM THE AMERICAN DREAM: community activism among new
working class immigrants and youth
B. WOMEN'S ACTIVISM
C. TOWARDS A MORE OPEN AND DEMOCRATIC PHILIPPINES
D. FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS
E. RETURNING HOME: Philippine education and exposure programs
F. CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC MEDIUM OF ACTIVISM
G. ESTABLISHING PHILIPPINE STUDIES
The 1999 F.I.N.D. Spring Conference Staff would like to welcome you aboard "D1 Airlines" the official airline for F.I.N.D. '99. This 8th annual conference will prove that the unity and involvent among Filipino students is still strong and continuing to grow. held in Cambridge, MA and sponsored by Harvard Philippine Forum, District One is proud to present to you, "BALIKBAYAN." We hope that you explore the idea of our theme and from it, gain experience and knwledge of our Philippine culture.
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