Sexual Economies and Other Philippine Consequences for the New World Order
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU
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Of what consequence are Philippine dreams? Shortly after the deposing of the Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his family in 1986, a home videotape of a carousing party held on their yacht made the rounds of the same televisions around the world that had just aired the four-day carnival of their fall. We are the World,' sang the Marcoses ...
PART I Fantasy-Production: Bodily Resources and Libidinal Dynamics of National Crisis and Development
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There is a story that I first heard in the Philippines a long while back.1 It goes something like this: Do you know the origins of the American national anthem? Well, when Jose Rizal (the Philippine national hero) went to the United States, he wanted to watch that all-American game, baseball. But when he got to the stadium there ...
1 Sexual Economies
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This chapter is comprised of two interventions at two different historical moments, each marked by a pivotal US-led 'world' war.1 The first intervention was made in the context of the 1991 Gulf War and its fantasy of a New (Free) World Order composed of peaceful, prosperous regional communities of 'free' nations. The second intervention issues ...
2 Metropolitan Dreams
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The construction of flyovers, that is, overpasses at major interchanges, is the response of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to the massive congestion of traffic caused by an ever-increasing population (estimated to be around 10 million). It is, in other words, a state as well as corporate2 measure to cope with ...
3 Domestic Bodies
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In the mid 1990s, reports of the exploitation, abuse and torture of Filipina domestic workers working in countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates increasingly flooded Philippine newspapers. Headlines such as 'Filipina OCW Slain in Kuwait Tortured,' 'Filipino Maid Accuses WHO Exec of ...
PART II Desiring History, Tangential Pursuits: Regimes and Heresies of Transformative Action
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In spite of the well-known and highly debated Fukuyama proclamation that we, the world, have reached the end of history, 'history' continues to make its appearance whenever there is talk of or feeling about the nation. Such talk and feeling, in which 'history' figures prominently, are never so fervent, so abundant, as when the ...
4 Revolt of the Masses: National History as Psychology
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Over fifty years ago, the historian Teodoro Agoncillo prefaced his just completed work, The Revolt of the Masses: The Story of Bonifacio and the Katipunan, with an explanation of the impossibility of writing a biography of the Philippine revolutionary, Andres Bonifacio (Fig. 4.1): 'For the Plebian Hero, the first truly Filipino democrat, suffered from two disadvantages. On the one hand was his lowly and obscure origin, ...
5 'People Power': Miraculous Revolt
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In the last chapter, we saw the limits of a historical imagination that draws its authoritative symbolic forms in accordance to the principles of fantasy-production. These principles, which also serve as strictures on our political imagination, include the privileging of the nation as the paramount unit of world-historical action and the understanding of the nation's actions as determined by the particular character of its ...
6 Himala, 'Miracle': The Heretical Potential of Nora Aunor's Star Power
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It is difficult to attempt to depict, much more to explain, the magnitude of Nora Aunor's star power — the immense draw of a following that commands its own analytical category.1 In movie critics' conversations, the most expressive sign and irrefutable evidence of the spectacular power of this greatest Filipina actress of all time is the hysteria of her ...
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In Donna Haraway's critical description of the tropic role of the gene in the reality games of technoscience — the gene as 'the alpha and omega of the secular salvation drama of life itself — we can recognize the workings of much larger units of human life.1 Nations, states, peoples, cultures — these are the privileged authors of and actors in ...
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Page Count: 368
Publication Year: 2004