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Title: Philippine Historiography and Colonial Discourse: Eight Selected Essays on Postcolonial Studies in the Philippines (An Introduction to the Japanese Translation) by Yoshiko Nagano (translated into English by Michiyo Yoneno-Reyes) Author: Yoneno-Reyes, Michiyo Publication Date: 06-07-2007 Series: Occasional Papers Publication Info: Occasional Papers, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA International Institute, UC Los Angeles Permalink: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/8zt322fw Citation: Yoneno-Reyes, Michiyo. (2007). Philippine Historiography and Colonial Discourse: Eight Selected Essays on Postcolonial Studies in the Philippines (An Introduction to the Japanese Translation) by Yoshiko Nagano (translated into English by Michiyo Yoneno-Reyes). UC Los Angeles: UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Retrieved from: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/8zt322fw Additional Info: Read in connection with Yoshiko Nagano (July 19, 2006) Transcultural Battlefield: Recent Japanese Translations of Philippine History. Keywords: Philippines postcolonial, Reynaldo Ileto, Vicente Rafael, Floro Quibuyen Abstract: This essay was originally written by Yoshiko Nagano in 2004 in Japanese as a commentary to an edited volume where Japanese translation of eight essays by three Filipino historians, Reynaldo C. Ileto, Vicente L. Rafael and Floro C. Quibuyen - originally written in English – are compiled. Originally the essay was written for Japanese readers, then translated into English by Michiyo Yoneno-Reyes. The essay analyzes the contributions of the three Filipino authors to Philippine historiography, to post-colonial studies broadly, and to post-colonial studies in Japan in particular.

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Philippine Historiography and Colonial Discourse: Eight Selected Essays on Postcolonial Studies in the Philippines (An Introduction to the Japanese Translation)

Yoshiko Nagano (translated by Michiyo Yoneno-Reyes)

from Reynaldo C. Ileto, Vicente L. Rafael and Floro C. Quibuyen, Translation texts compiled and edited by Yoshiko Nagano, Firipin Rekishikenkyu to Shokuminchi Gensetsu [Philippine Historiography and Colonial Discourse], Published by Mekong Publishing Co., Tokyo, 2004, 389pp. (p.357-p.385)

[Introduction by Translator] This essay was originally written by Yoshiko Nagano in 2004 in Japanese as a commentary to a book where Japanese translation of eight essays by three Filipino historians, Reynaldo C. Ileto, Vicente L. Rafael and Floro C. Quibuyen - originally written in English – are compiled. I consider it significant to publish the English translation of the commentary for wider readership for the following two reasons. First, this essay serves as a handy yet reliable introduction to the current discourse and debates in Philippine historiography, particularly those of the American colonial period in the framework of a postcolonial critique. The insightful observations of the author, who has been vigorously engaged in Philippine studies for the past quartercentury, sheds light on the question of the “United States’ politico-cultural power,” both explicit and implicit, throughout the colonial and postcolonial Philippines. I believe that the three distinguished Filipino historians, as shown in this essay, suggest a provocative approach towards postcolonial discourse, as well as towards globalization. This is very

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useful. Furthermore, I consider that reconstruction of the history of the American period in the Philippines, as summarized in this essay, also contributes to another trend in Philippine studies, by providing critical reflections on the Marcos regime outside the narrow field of political science.i Particularly the discussion of idiosyncratic nationalism by the dictator vis-à-vis the legacy of...
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