The Eye of the Fishby Luis Francia
EYE OF THE FISH is a deft, luminously intelligent examination of the Philippines that crosscuts between Francia's recollections of the Philippines of his youth and accounts of his travels though the archipelago over the past two decades. The Philippines that Francia explores is a country indelibly marked by both Spanish and Amrican colonialism, a collection of over 7,000 islands where cultural alliances and political ideology have pushed aside identity politics, and where traditional beliefs both mimic and subvert conventional Christian piety. Painters and priests, island shamans and small-town politicians, cultists, feminists, and infamous first ladies all make an appearance in this imaginative and idiosyncratic exploration of home. Through their stories, and through his own memories of life in the Philippines and the United States, Francia reflects on the hybridity that is simultaneouly the burden and the benediction of the Philippines -- and of his own mestizo self.
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Meet the Author
Luis H. Francia was born and raised in Manila and now resides in New York City. He has published two collections of poetry,edited several anthologies, and published a collection of his reviews and essays. He also recently co-edited Vestiges of War, an anthology of works that deal with the aftermath of the 1899 Philippine-American War,which is forthcoming in late 2000. Francia has also curated film and video programs for several international film festivals, the Anthology Film Archives, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Guggenheim Museum. He writes for The Village Voice, Manilais Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Hong Kongis Asiaweek, and teaches Asian American literature at Sarah Lawrence College.
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