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Philippine Diaspora Diplomacy and Filipino American Faith in Action

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At his lecture this July 13 at the De La Salle University in the Philippines, Dr. Jay Gonzalez will excerpt from Filipino American Faith in Action: Religion, Immigration, and Civic Engagement and Diaspora Diplomacy: Philippine Migration and its Soft Power Influences. These are two new books out of New York University Press, one of America’s most prestigious academic publishers.

Contra Nye and neoliberalism, Dr. Gonzalez will talk about the remarkable and untapped soft power that international migrants possess and how various actors—from governments, NGOs, business, the church, and international organizations—could tap this valuable resource to enhance global cooperation, development, and understanding. With detailed and intimate illustrations from the experiences of the Philippine diaspora in San Francisco, London, Dubai, Dhaka, and Singapore, Dr. Gonzalez will discuss how this widespread community uses “charm diplomacy” to facilitate the transnational connection of old and new homelands and home bases through the universality of the Christian faiths they practice, the globalized work they perform, and the engaging civic and social networks they establish.

Dr. Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III is Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Maria Elena Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program at the University of San Francisco. After the September 11 terrorist attacks, he was appointed San Francisco Commisser for Immigrant Rights and Mayor George Christopher Chair in Public Administration at Golden Gate University. In 2005, Professor Gonzalez was awarded a “Special United States Congressional Recognition” by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for his exemplary work on human rights and immigrant concerns.

July 13th 11:20-12:50 PM | De La Salle University | Andrew 903 | 2401 Taft Avenue | Manila, Philippines | Sponsored by the La Salle Institute on Governance | RSVP:

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

July 1, 2009 at 7:25 am

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