A Review

[by Elinor May Cruz ] The article, in an attempt to make a contribution to the hitherto uncharted terrain of cybersex research, comes at a time when much needs to be heard and understood about the realities of Adult/Asian Cam Models (ACMs). This is in view of the Supreme Court’s recent decision on the constitutionality…

Article Review

[by Joseph Ryan Indon] “Noli me Tangere (Touch me not): When is sex-work not sex-work?” (by Paul W. Mathews, John Escobar, and Louie Navarro) is an interesting qualitative study of “Adult/Asian Cam Models” (ACM) in the Philippines. The researchers conducted participant observation, or “participant-experiencer” as they put it, by signing up on an ACM chat…

Comments

[by J. Neil C. Garcia]   I find this article—“Noli me Tangere (Touch me not) When is sex-work not sex-work?” by Paul Mathews, John Escobar, and Louie Navarro—to be entirely fascinating and informative. While admittedly preliminary, the authors are able, for the most part, to ask the right kinds of questions, to complicate the interpretive…

Identifying “Filipino Identity”

[by Johanna Zulueta]   Had it been published on a broadsheet in the Philippines, Niels Mulder’s essay on Filipino identity would probably spark criticisms from the larger populace as do foreigners’ commentaries on Filipino society and culture that, rather than glorify the Filipino, beset him/her with criticisms that are axiomatic but are nevertheless received with…

Solidarity Amidst Plural Identities

[by Nicole Curato]   In a piece intriguingly entitled This God-Forsaken Country: Filipino Images of the Nation, Niels Mulder argues that Filipinos often use a critical voice when describing their own country. ‘This vice-ridden land,’ ‘This chaotic republic,’ ‘A nation of underdogs,’ and ‘This God-forsaken country,’ are common examples of deprecatory ‘we-statements’ published in Philippine…

Of Insiders, Outsiders and Cultural Relations

[by Michael Pinches]   The characterization of a people’s collective identity is always a delicate matter for outsiders, particularly if such a characterization is critical. James Fallows’ celebrated piece (“A Damaged Culture: A New Philippines”) on the Philippines, written a year after the overthrow of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986, aroused widespread controversy because it…