Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I'm looking forward to meeting with several graduate students this week who are engaging my work in their theses projects. This is always exciting for me because it assures me that there will be continuity in the intellectual vocation that is rooted in communities' struggle for justice. The questions they pose challenge me to rethink my theorizing as it gets recontextualized. Sample questions:
- Share your reflections on teaching practices of decolonization and its effect on Fil Am students shaped by American culture.
- How to avoid the insularity of movement organizing that seeks to recruit only Filipinos. What about cross-cultural and cross-ideological alliance building?
- Do Fil Ams who "go back to their roots" practicing colonization through cultural appropriation?
- How can we cultivate the agency to continue resisting?
- What other capacities do we need to build ethical relationships with difference?
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