October 15, 2003 – Luis Francia & Angel Velasco Shaw: “Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War & the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream, 1899-1999”

Wednesday, October 15 / 7PM / Oakes Mural Room

Francia and Shaw will discuss their recently edited anthology, Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream, 1899-1999 (NYU, 2002). Using the Philippine-American War as its departure point in analyzing U.S.-Philippine relations, Vestiges of War retrieves this willfully forgotten event and places it where it properly belongs: as the catalyst that led to increasing U.S. interventionism and expansionism in the Asia Pacific region. Integrating critical and visual art essays, archival and contemporary photographs, plays, and poetry, the book addresses complex Philippine and U.S. perspectives and experiences in the light of American colonialism.

Luis H. Francia is a poet, journalist, critic, and fiction writer who writes for the Village Voice and other publications. His books include The Arctic Archipelago and Other Poems (Ateneo de Manila University, 1992), Memories of Overdevelopment (Anvil, 1998) and Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago (Kaya, 2001) He edited Brown River, White Ocean (Rutgers, 1993), a major anthology of Philippine literature in English.

Angel Velasco Shaw is a film/video maker based in New York whose nationally and internationally screened works include Balikbayan/Return to HomeNailedAsian Boys, and Umbilical Cord. She has been teaching media, cultural and community studies in the Asian/ Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute at New York University since 1995.