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The Anti-Marcos Movement and the Unfinished Philippine Revolution

Colloquium with Prof. Augusto Espiritu, associate professor of history and Asian American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tuesday, May 08, 2007
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
A25 Haines Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This talk will explore the ways in which the US-based movement to oppose the Marcos dictatorship (1972-1986) and to establish democracy and social equality in the Philippines and the USA sought to connect itself to the idea of the "unfinished revolution" -- both a rallying cry and a chronic national anxiety about the incomplete decolonization of the country from Spanish and then U.S. imperial hegemony. The talk will raise the question of the parallels and paradoxes of such a historical, transnational identification. 

Augusto Espiritu is associate professor of history and Asian American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA. He teaches Asian American history, US immigration and ethnic history, and global racial constructions, as well as graduate courses on American Empire and transnationalism. He is the author of Five Faces of Exile: The Nation and Filipino American Intellectuals, published by Stanford University Press in 2005. He has had a long-standing interest in the anti-Marcos movement in the USA as well as in left opposition movements in the late twentieth century. His current research project involves exploration of the complex national, racial, and gendered legacies of American Empire upon the current and former colonies of Spain and the United States after 1898 -- Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.

Parking at UCLA costs $8.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Studies Center

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