Book review: ‘A War of Frontier and Empire’

First published: Sunday, October 7, 2007, in the Albany Times Union As President Bush tries to shape his legacy in regards to the Iraq war, he should pick up David Silbey’s engaging history “A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902” (Hill and Wang; 272 pages; $26). Though both were wars of choice,Continue reading “Book review: ‘A War of Frontier and Empire’”

Eight things I learned doing my first Pecha Kucha

  I was invited the other day to take part in an official Albany PechaKucha event at the Opalka Gallery at the Sage Colleges. (Thanks, Elizabeth and Amy!) The idea is that you can give a presentation on anything, but it has be done with 20 slides and each slides must be shown for exactlyContinue reading “Eight things I learned doing my first Pecha Kucha”

A primer: How Americans taught Filipinos to see the Philippines

As part of the U.S.’s colonial policies of “benevolent assimilation” in the Philippines, they set up a system of universal education. At first, the primers were geared toward U.S. children (with references to things outside of most Filipino experiences such as snow), and then new primers were made. This page comes from a 1908 RevisedContinue reading “A primer: How Americans taught Filipinos to see the Philippines”

Fact-checking family stories

I’m not in the habit of fact-checking family stories, despite the countless times (as a journalism student and journalist) I’ve heard: “If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out.” So it was more of a fluke than a deliberate act when I came across a document linked to what I’ve come toContinue reading “Fact-checking family stories”

The love letters of Ms. Leyte ’27 and a young lieutenant

The news out of Leyte reminds me of my grandparents. Here’s something I wrote about them nearly eight years ago. Letters relate another time, other lives Times Union, December 11, 2005 Janairo — Here is a prayer book given to me four years ago today by a good friend of the family. Use it, andContinue reading “The love letters of Ms. Leyte ’27 and a young lieutenant”