Book talk with Professor Victoria Reyes (UCR)
Wednesday, February 13, 20194:00 PM - 5:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
The U.S. military continues to be an overt presence in the Philippines, and a reminder of the country’s colonial
past. Using Subic Bay (a former U.S. military base, now a Freeport Zone)
as a case study, Victoria Reyes argues that its defining feature is its ability to
elicit multiple meanings. For some, it is a symbol of imperialism and inequality,
while for others, it projects utopian visions of wealth and status.
Drawing on archival and ethnographic data, Reyes
describes the everyday experiences of people living and working in Subic
Bay, and makes a case for critically examining similar spaces across
the world. These foreign-controlled, semi-autonomous
zones of international exchange are what she calls global borderlands.
While they can take many forms, ranging from overseas military bases to
tourist resorts, they all have key features in common. This new unit of
globalization provides a window into broader
economic and political relations, the consequences of legal ambiguity,
and the continuously reimagined identities of the people living there.
Rejecting colonialism as merely a historical backdrop, Reyes
demonstrates how it is omnipresent in our modern world.
Victoria Reyes is Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of California, Riverside.
Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Studies Department