Grant K. Goodman 1924-2104

Norman Owen shared news of Grant Goodman’s passing on April 6th, 2014:

“This newspaper obituary does not mention his funding (founding) of the Grant Goodman Prize in Philippine Historical Studies, which has been important in the recognition and development of that field.  Grant was a good man, and a good friend to the Philippines and Filipinos.

In acknowledgement of all that he did for the PSG, and to let people know of his legacy with us, this was posted on the necrology guestbook:

Professor Goodman very generously endowed the Grant Goodman Prize in Historical Studies in 1990. Administered by the Philippine Studies Group (PSG) of the Association for Asian Studies, seven lifetime achievement awards have been given in his name, helping build an immeasurable legacy of excellence in scholarship on the Philippines and the recognition of interdisciplinary historical studies in Asia. He will be fondly remembered as a mentor, scholar and friend.


Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act

Of interest to US-based colleagues—a bipartisan bill signed into law last March 25th allows charitable donations made to 501(c) registered organizations providing Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief given as late as April 15th this year to be applied to 2013 tax returns. See HR 3771 or the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act If you already filed your taxes but want to donate and claim the deduction, the law allows you to revise your filing. In addition, if your employer has a matching donation program, your donation has the potential to be significantly increased/doubled. Worth thinking about during this American tax season, and the coming of the sweltering dry season back in the Philippines.

New officers, expanded travel fund, future conferences

Exciting news—we have a new vice chair and incoming country chair, Richard Chu (U Mass Amherst), a new recording secretary/treasurer for the PSG Travel Fund,  Megan Thomas (UC Santa Cruz)  and  four members of the 12-member advisory board (in alphabetical order): Nita Churchill (re-elected, UP Diliman), Alan Lumba (Harvard U), Paul Rodell (Georgia Southern U) and Stephanie Santos (UCLA). Sunny Vergara has agreed to continue managing our Google email group, and Sue Russell our unofficial Facebook page. In addition, the Southeast Asia Council of the Association of Asian Studies approved our funding request to modestly but sustainably help expand the PSG Travel Fund for next year’s conference (AAS Chicago 2015) and to once again strengthen our partnership with ICOPHIL (Dumaguete City 2016). More details will be posted on our website/blog but please join me in thanking our colleagues in for their service and commitment to our organization—-maraming, maraming salamat!

PSG Travel Award

Update on March 3rd: Congratulations to Justin Jackson (Columbia University) and Stephanie Santos (UCLA) who are this year’s recipients of PSG Travel Awards for the 2014 AAS Conference in Philadelphia. Justin Jackson will present his paper entitled “The U.S. Army and the Racial Management of Chinese and Filipino Labor in the Spanish and Philippine-American Wars.” He also organized the session New Perspectives on the Chinese in the Modern Colonial Philippines. Stephanie Santos will present her paper “‘We Were Not Poor; We Were Made Poor’: Development and Dispossession in Metro Manila” as part of an inter-area border-crossing-diaspora panel Space, Property, & Privilege in South and Southeast Asia.

Junior scholars or graduate students presenting on their research concerning the Philippines at the AAS in Philadelphia can apply for a PSG Travel Award to assist in conference travel. See the announcement and contact the country chair or any member of the PSG Travel Fund Committee by February 22, 2013.

PSG meets Friday night Mar 28th 7:30pm (updated)

As previously announced, we are set to meet Friday March 28th 7:30-9:30 pm Philadelphia Marriot in Room 410. I’ve already asked current advisory board members to send agenda items ahead of time but also welcome additional items (old and new business) from all, especially from those who expect to be present at the meeting.

A list of 2014 updated papers and panels has been sent out to the PSG email list members (as of 1 March 2014). If you’re going to Philadelphia, please support all our colleagues by attending their sessions. If you’re not attending this year, please  support them by sending paper/panel info to others both within and outside Philippine-, Southeast Asian- and discipline-specific circles.

We are thrilled to especially note two panels:  Rethinking Philippine Studies through Histories of Money and Finance: New Perspectives on Colonialism, Nationalism, and Democracy (details) (Sponsored by the PSG) and organized by Allan Lumba—it will take place very early 8:30 am, March 29th. In addition, we’re very happy to note the panel New Perspectives on the Chinese in the Modern Colonial Philippines (details) organized by Justin Jackson—they will present the day before at 3:15 pm. The wonderful mix of scholars in these two panels—both graduate students, mid-career faculty/researchers and established colleagues and coming from universities and research institutions from a vast geographical spread—is especially heartening!

The list sent out was developed using very general search terms, it is not likely to be an exhaustive list. To generate a more specific list using your own search terms, feel free to use the AAS Conference search feature (Note: anyone can search but only registered conference attendees can save their results so be warned!)

Finally, a heads up to all of us—next year’s AAS will be in Chicago. Planning a year ahead of time is not such a bad idea. Graduate students listed in the directory will soon receive copies of the most current list; other colleagues who wish to reach out to graduate students both within and outside North America, please contact for more information.

Disaster relief for Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan

Those of us who have friends or family members missing or still facing great risk, and are able to assist them in more direct means, we wish you continued strength and resilience.

Those of us who wish to donate to various efforts to address the needs of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan victims, below are a list of organizations based in the Philippines that our members have donated to or worked with in the past, and who are currently set up to accept donations directly. The list will be updated as more information becomes available.

At this point in time, financial donations are most needed. List includes NGOs and GOs, who have on-the-ground presence in the affected areas in the typhoon corridor.

Of interest/shared by members: Lynn Milgram notes that the Canadian government has promised to match donations made to a Canadian registered charity so if this applies to you, consider donating to the Canadian Red Cross.  If you are looking for fundraisers in your community or want to share info on initiatives, see this crowd-sourced link on Rappler recommended by Asia Foundation. If you want to a more fine-grained view  of volunteer efforts on the ground including drop-off points, geotagged calls/pledges, etc. see updates in ReliefPH. Read Richard Chu’s Op Ed piece about the typhoon and it’s historical and political implications in George Mason U’s History News Network. Maria Mangahas shared that the University of the Philippines Tacloban Campus has successfully accounted for all their faculty, students and staff.


Save the date AAS Philadelphia 2013-March 28th Friday

By now, everyone will have received their panel and individual paper decisions. Those of us starting the process of firming up details for travel and accommodations, please do your best to be available on Friday night, March 28th. Country sections haven’t been asked to put in their requests yet but we hope to secure the usual Friday night slot.

Meanwhile, graduate students with accepted papers focusing on the Philippines and who plan to attend, please send information to the country chair (name, institution, paper title and if possible, panel title) so that we can have a head count for this year. As we are in the process of putting together a PSG travel fund, the committee and country chair will need as much information and feedback from you all to be able to put policies in place that will be transparent, fair and make effective use of our limited resources.

Maraming salamat ulit!

Preparing for Philadelphia 2014

Don’t forget! Submit AAS Conference Panel proposals as well as Individual Paper proposals by August 8th. Check the AAS FAQs for details.

Those seeking Philippine Studies Group sponsorship/endorsement of their Conference Panel proposal should send a duplicate of their completed application (panel abstract+ individual paper abstracts) to the Executive Secretary/Country Chair about two weeks ahead of the AAS deadline or by July 23rd, Friday. See details on this site’s Philadelphia 2014 page.

Members of the Advisory Board as well as individuals planning to attend the PSG meeting are also encouraged to send agenda items to the Executive Secretary/Country Chair.

PSG meeting in San Diego 2013

Highlights of the Philippine Studies Group meeting at the 2013 AAS Conference in San Diego

What’s new 2013

Quick links to updates, big and small, with newest appearing on top

~AAS-PSG meeting in San Diego ~ Grant Goodman Prize Call for Nominations 2013 ~ Musée de quai Branly Arts des Philippines Exhibition Public Events @ MQB ~ Symposium on Indigenous Peoples ~ Archive links to EUROPHIL Overview,  EUROPHIL 3 poster & additional details from EUROPHIL 4 ~Report on Philippine Studies Conferences in Japan (PSCJ)  ~ Archive links to PSCJ 2006 & 2010

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