Saturday, June 24, 2006

Here are some of the questions posed to me by Angela Makabali of Harvard U who is writing her senior thesis in Women's Studies and Social Studies:

Where do you see the Fil Am community as fitting into the Asian American community, if at all?

How do you, as a PInay see the connection between the issues that the Fil Am community faces and history of the colonial relationship between teh Phil and the US affect you, as an academic in the field of Asian American Studies, or which ever field you situate your work in?

How does the history between the US and Phil influence how and what you teach, as well as what you research, in the field in which you situate your work? What kind of impact do you hope your work has on that field?

What do you see as your own roles as a PInay scholar and educator?

How have you been treated in academia?

How would you describe the institutional, college, and departmental climates you have experienced?

Can you talk about some memorable experiences you had where your ethnicity, gender, or race has played a role?

What was your first lecture like?

What kinds of values orient the kinds of research questions you ask, the kind of classroom environment you create, the support you provide for students?

How do you conceptualize the relationship between theory and practice, and between academia and activism? Are the two mutually exclusive? Can the two coexist?

How do you negotiate the multiple pressures that an academic faces, including creating "community-relevant knowledge," in however way you define it, publishing, family, etc.

If you are involved in community work, or are an educator outside of the university classroom does that work informs what you teach? if so, how?

How much freedom do you feel educational instutions give you to make the connections between "community work" and the knowledge you produce, and in your teaching in the classroom?

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