The study clarifies present situations of local level politics from a social anthropological point of view. The case studies presented in this book are an attempt to examine the variable ways in which global processes of the formation of nation-states draw the peoples of Southeast Asia into local politics. Problems discussed here include relations of customary law to national law; processes of resolving conflicts and disputes; questions of land tenure; development policies and local adaption to them; discourses of political culture; formation of ethnic identity and interethnic relation.

While exiled in Dapitan, Rizal worked with the same energy and intensity he had in year in Europe. He constructed the town's first water system, equipped the town with lighting system, established a school and a hospital, and also bought, cultivated and managed sixteen hectares of farmland in Talisay. It was in Dapitan that he met Josephine Bracken, his future wife. 


In this context, the book looks at the formation and transformation of ethnic groups in Indonesia (Chinese), Malaysia (Orang Asli), the Philippines (Aeta, Igorot, Waray, Ilocano) and Vietnam (Khmer, Raglai) in relation to all these economic forces and how these peoples do and must survive. The book promises to show how societies are moving in these countries, how peoples are leading their lives from day to day under the current world. It asserts that new ethnicities and diasporas have emerged even as bazaar economies, micro-credit, and mutual funding systems are developing. These are traditional societies adjusting to modern systems. 



Binondo is located across the Pasig River from Intramuros and the home of Chinatown in Manila. The district is the center of commerce and trade for all types of businesses run by Chinese merchants. It is said that this  district was already a hub of Chinese commerce even before the Spanish came in 1521.

The Alice Roosevelt Bridge, today simply called Alice Bridge, is located in the province of Sorsogon, in the Bicol Region of the Philippines and was inaugurated on August 26, 1905. It was named after the daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt who was part of the Taft diplomatic mission to the Far East.

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July 29, 2016
Book Launch
1. RE: Recollections, Reviews, Reflections
2. Yayoi Kusama: Inventing the Singular
04:00 pm
Ortigas Library, 2F Ortigas Building, Ortigas Ave, Pasig City
July 27, 2016
Finding our Heroes
Philippine Guerrilla Files from the United States National Archives
The Brigadier - General Francis H. Licuanan Jr. Collection
By Francisco Licuanan III
Philippine Veterans Affairs Office
Filipino Veterans Foundation
Librarians, researchers, history teachers and interested public are welcome to attend.
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Seats are limited, so please call 631-1231 loc 187/181 for reservations.
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The Ortigas Foundation Library's foreign-trained conservation team has over ten years of experience in book and paper restoration. Our services are reasonably priced and any income derived is for the continued operations of the library.
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