Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to A/P/A Institute by Thursday, October 7, 2010.
A/P/A Institute is proud to present a special reading with poet and author Luis H. Francia for the launch of his latest publication History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos. Francia will be in conversation about his book with Juan Flores, Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU.
History of the Philippines is intended for those who are curious about this Southeast Asian archipelago but know very little of its history. The narrative moves from a pre-Hispanic Philippines in the 16th century through the Spanish Occupation, the Philippine American War, the nation’s tumultuous relationship with the United States, and General MacArthur’s controlling presence during WWII, up to its independence in 1946 and subsequent years of DICTATORSHIP AND MAOIST AND and Islamic insurgencies. Luis H. Francia creates an illuminating portrait that provides the reader valuable insights into the heart and soul of the modern Filipino, laying bare the multicultural, multiracial society of modern times.
Luis H. Francia was born in the Philippines and emigrated to New York in the 1970s. He is the author of Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago and co-editor, with Angel Velasco Shaw, of Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream, 1899- 1999. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at City University of Hong Kong and Asian/Pacific/American Studies at New York University.