In this special two-hour show, we turn our attention to the Filipino history, culture and politics. The Philippines was the first Asian colony to successfully defeat a Western power, providing inspiration for anti-colonial movements in nearby Indonesia and as far away as Cuba and Puerto Rico. We’ll discuss the legacy of its tumultuous relationship with the budding US Empire, its hundred year-long struggle to build democracy, the politics of the post-Marcos era and the significance of the recent presidential elections.
We speak with LUIS FRANCIA, award-winning poet, writer, and professor, about his new book History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos, which has been called the definitive progressive account of the country's turbulent journey from pre-colonial times to today.
We also hear from author MIGUEL SYJUCO about his first novel, Ilustrado, which has been receiving international attention, including winning the Man Asian Literary Prize Tracing 150 years of Philippine history, the novel is part mystery, part family saga, part political drama.