Issue 15: The South China Sea

Invisible Children Searching for Invisible Men: Japanese Filipino Children and Their Quest for Their Japanese Fathers

“Are you sure you want me to do this? One wrong move, one incident of bad timing can close the door for you permanently.” I told the boy, stressing on the risks of making me look for his father. This is not just a case type-written, put in a folder, and hidden in a filing cabinet. This is Kenji’s life. 1  This is the avenue of his happiness. “Opo, Kuya Ken.” He said. Yes, big [...]

From Fiesta to Festival: Tourism and Cultural Politics in the Philippines

This paper looks into the evolution of the San Isidro Fiesta/Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon Province, its transformation from a local religious celebration to a popular tourist attraction. The occasion has been held in May since the early Spanish period as thanksgiving (pahiyas in local terms) for a bountiful harvest to San Isidro Labrador (the Catholic Church’s patron saint of farmers), [...]

In Whose Interest? Debating resource nationalism in Indonesia

Indonesia is increasingly described as a country where ‘resource nationalism’ is on the rise. A recent swathe of protectionist policies and legal disputes with foreign companies in the mining and oil and gas sectors has earned it this unenviable title. Most people who use the term ‘resource nationalism’ do so in a pejorative way. Industry commentators, journalists and some scholars [...]