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From Indios Bravos to Filipinos: A History of The Philippines

Luis Francia.

A country in its adolescence, the Philippines is struggling to emerge from a rich, troubled, and multilayered past—from the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century to the subsequent American occupation and beyond. What impact did colonialism have on the Philippines? How did nationalist consciousness begin, first with Rizal and his fellow ilustrados who called themselves 'Indios Bravos?" Poet and essayist Luis H. Francia will construct a historical narrative, serving as a useful guide for those who are curious about this Southeast Asian archipelago but know very little about it.

Luis Francia is a prize-winning writer. A resident of New York City, he teaches at New York University and Hunter College and is on the board of the Asian American Writers Workshop. He also teaches creative writing at City University of Hong Kong. Francia writes for numerous international journals and magazines and is the author of several books including a semi-autobiographical account of growing up in the Philippines, Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, which won the 2002 PEN Open Book and Asian American Writers Literary Awards. His latest book, History of the Philippines, includes various Philippine narratives, with an eye for the layers of colonial and post-colonial history that have created this diverse and fascinating population.

Moderated by Isabel Escoda, Filipino journalist


Event Details

Wed 28 Jul 2010
2:30pm - 4:00pm

Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central Hong Kong

HK$150 Asia Society members/Full-time students; HK$200 non-members (priority to members)