The Fun of Interpretation

[by Niels Mulder] The Editor asked the two main authors of this maiden issue of Sabangan to react to comments by critical scholars of their respective contributions. Since my physical health has not been ideal lately, I’ll try as well as I still can to formulate my response. I began my essay with observing, as a…

Filipino Identity: The Haunting Question

[by Niels Mulder]     IDENTITY WHAT? After all that has been said in my earlier publications (Inside Southeast Asia: Thai, Javanese, and Filipino, interpretations of everyday life [1992]; Filipino Images: Culture of the Public World [2000]; Sanaysay sa Kabihasnang Pilipino [2009]), this essay seems superfluous as it merely recapitulates observations that focus on the bedeviling…

Review

[by Trina Joyce M. Sajo] Beginning with Asian Cam Models (2010), Paul Mathews’ work on cybersex in the Philippines is a pioneering initiative, and thus far is the only published study on the subject. Mathew’s book has been indispensable background material to my own research, especially in entering the field. That being said, I am…

Article Review

[by Cheryll Ruth R. Soriano] The paper represents an important leap from the research tradition characterizing sex work as mere exploitation and therefore advances our thinking about the issue of Asian Cam Models and their work. I appreciate the self-reflexivity which I think is highly important in this kind of study and which strengthened this…

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…