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New SEAP course on the Philippines examines history, culture and politics

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The Philippines: History, Culture, and Politics

ASIAN 3306/6604

Instructor: Gerard A. Finin           Fall 2018

Location: G24A Stimson Hall        W 7:30-9:25 p.m.

The Philippines was the first country in Asia to foster a nationalist insurrection, the only official colony of the United States (1898-1946), and is today Southeast Asia’s only predominantly Catholic nation.

Understanding the contemporary Philippines requires analysis of national development under Spanish, American and Japanese colonial regimes.

Exploration of early globalization across the archipelago is important, but this must be juxtaposed against deeply ingrained indigenous cultural influences that continue to shape Philippine economic, political, and social life.

The course will examine:

•             classic works about the Philippines

•             paradoxes of democracy from independence to present

•             persistent difficulties of structural change

Numerous scholars of the Philippines will join us for guest in-class lectures or via video from Manila and other locations.

For more information contact: gaf24@cornell.edu

Asian Studies general inquiries: asianstudiesdus@cornell.edu

Southeast Asia Program general inquiries: seap@cornell.edu