DUAL BOOK TALKS BY MARIVI SOLIVEN AND DR. JOHN (JODY) BLANCO

DUAL

DUAL BOOK TALKS
BY MARIVI SOLIVEN AND DR. JOHN (JODY) BLANCO

Philippine Expressions Bookshop
479 West 6th Street, Suite 105
San Pedro, CA 90731
Saturday June 3, 2017,
3:00p.m. – 6:00p.m

Event is free and open to the
public. Seats are limited. RSVP is
requested. Light refreshments will
be available. Email or call Linda
Tel 310-514-9139 Linda@philbooks.us

HOW HISPANIC ARE THE FILIPINOS
OF TODAY?
by Dr. John (Jody) Blanco

He will share common colonial roots of Philippine
and Mexican Culture. His research interests concern
the colonial roots of globalization between the
16th-19th centuries. The contexts that inspire this
investigation range from the Spanish empire in the
Americas and the Philippines, to the spread of
Christianity in the modern period, to the philosophy
of modernity and Eurocentrism, comparative forms
of imperialism and anti-colonial struggles, and the
legal, religious, and racial dilemmas and
contradictions of post-colonial societies and states.
Jody’s courses at UC – San Diego engage with these
themes in and through the study of Philippine, Latin
American, Caribbean, and US minority literatures
and cultures (religious, political, and artistic). Jody
received his BA (with honors) from Arts and Ideas in
the Residential College at University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor; and his MA and Ph.D. from the
Department of Comparative Literature at UCBerkeley.
He is the author of “Frontier Constitutions:
Christianity and Colonial Empire in the Nineteenth
Century Philippines” (UC Press 2009; University of
the Philippines Press 2010); and the translator of
Julio Ramos’s “Divergent Modernities in Latin
America: Culture and Politics in the Nineteenth
Century.”

LOVE, DEATH & DANCE HALLS
In Depression Era California
by Marivi Soliven

A talk on anti-micegenation laws, Filipino migrant
farmworkers and taxi dance halls in 1930’s California.
Racism, immigrant rights and marriage equality were as
hotly debated back in the 1930, as they are these days. The
award winning author of THE MANGO BRIDE will also
read excerpts from her second novel, THE RIZAL
DANCE HALL MURDER and discuss the archival
research of what went into writing the novel, which is
loosely based on an actual San Diego murder that took
place in 1935. “Rhumba at the Rizal”, a short play based
on scenes from “The Rizal Dance Hall Murder,” was
performed recently onstage at the Lyceum Theater in
downtown San Diego as part of the Halo-Halo suite of play
produced by Asian Story Theater. After gaining awards for
two children’s books in 1991 and 1992, Marivi’s debut
novel In the “Service of Secrets” won the 2011 Grand
Prize for the Novel, all three prizes conferred by the
Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the
Philippine counterpart of the Pulitzer Prize. That novel,
retitled The Mango Bride was published by Penguin Books
in April, 2013. The San Diego Book Awards later named
“The Mango Bride” Best Contemporary Fiction of 2014.
The novel’s Spanish edition, “Hace Una Eternidad en
Manila” (Grupo Planeta, 2014) was released in October,
2014. National Book Store released the Filipino edition in
August 2015.

You can order autographed copies of the authors’ books.

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