detail from Labels for Hair Ribbons by Manuel Ocampo a delectable selection of oriental appetizers
Wednesday, May 16, 2001

: . Just got a copy of the fall-winter 2001 catalog of the University of Hawaii Press in the mail today. For Philippine Studies folks out there, the U of Hawaii press is the US distributor of the UP Press and the Ateneo Press. Fil-Am booksellers seldom stock academic titles since there's a very limited market for them among Filipinos in the Philippines and Fil-Ams. So, unless you're searching for arnis/eskrima manuals, cookbooks, The Latest Ambeth Ocampo, or lavishly illustrated 10 lb. coffeetable books (often with a Tagalog title--Kasaysayan, Palayok, Pina, Hiyas, Sinaunang Habi--for authenticity and an English subtitle for sophistication) your only recourse, apart from spending countless, futile hours searching for the enlightened Fil-Am bookseller (PALH, Ad-Infinitum) who may have the book you want, would be to order directly from the Philippines (the Makati-based Shirley Fish, a former New Yorker is a good source as is Libros Filipinos) or go to the Philippines yourself. Of course, if you're reluctant to max your credit cards (Philippine books, even paperbacks, are outrageously expensive) you can always visit the Asian Reading Room of the Library of Congress or The Carl A. Kroch Library in Cornell but there's nothing like owning the book yourself (the least bourgeois of materialisms, I would like to think). So what's new at the U of Hawaii Press?

Necessary Fictions: Philippine Literature and the Nation, 1946-1980 by Caroline S. Hau; Making Mindanao: Cotabato and Davao in the Formation of the Philippine Nation-State by Patricio N. Abinales; Geopolitics of the Visible: Essays on Philippine Film Cultures edited by Rolando Tolentino; The War Against the Americans: Resistance and Collaboration in Cebu, 1899-1906 by Resil B. Mojares; Filipinos and Their Revolution: Event, Discourse, and Historiography by Reynaldo C. Ileto; Clash of the Spirits: The History of Power and Sugar Planter Hegemony on a Visayan Island by Filomeno V. Aguilar, Jr. And two 'classics,' both recently reprinted: Muslims in the Philippines by Cesar Adib Majul and The Chinese in Philippine Life, 1850-1898 by Edgar Wickberg


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