KMU Celebrates Six Years

I started following the adventures of my friend Benjie Abad (aka Mang Urot, aka James Braddock) even before he set up his soup kitchen, the Karinderia ni Mang Urot, or Mr. Annoying’s Eatery. He’s featured in several posts on this website: his discovery of his mission (Link), a photo essay of the soup kitchen in the Bank of Commerce parking lot on the corner of Quezon Avenue and Examiner Street  (Link), a personal profile (Link) (Link), a delivery of lunch and school supplies to a rural school (LinkRead More

An American Husband in Filipino Court

In the Philippines it’s hard to miss ads and websites urging the western man, often of retirement age, to come to the Philippines and find a pretty, sweet young thing who’ll love him and look after him for the rest of his life. Y0u watch white men trying to outdo each other with their trophy wives or girlfriends. You hear Filipinas explain to each other that the man was just for survival, a way to get out of poverty. 

Exploitation also works the other way. Over a period of about two months, three white men told me their troubles. One Read More

A Memoirist of the Marcos Years, Part 3

In Part 1, Susan Quimpo, co-author of Subversive Lives, talks about her family as anti-Marcos activists during the period of martial law (Link). In Part 2 she describes the talks she gives to young people in the Philippines who don’t know that part of their nation’s history (Link). In Part 3, she describes her visit to the United States after the international version of the book was published in 2016 by Ohio University Press. She spoke primarily to members of the Filipino-American community about the book and about what’s currently happening in the Read More

A Memoirist of the Marcos Years, Part 2

In Part 1 of this interview, Susan Quimpo talks about her family’s activism during martial law and the initial impetus for the memoir. In Part 2 she continues with a description of writing the book and her own life afterwards.

Susan’s story

At first I wrote two chapters. Then I went for two master’s degrees, one in Asian Studies and the other in journalism. For my journalism class I wrote about the family and martial law.  I thought if I could make my narrative comprehensible to Americans, who knew little about the Philippines under martial law except the name Marcos, … Read More

A Memoirist of the Marcos Years, Part 1

Susan Quimpo is a friendly, soft-spoken woman who laughs easily and often. She’s an art therapist and counselor. Besides her private practice, she works with civil society groups to help alleviate trauma in communities affected by typhoons and war. She provides therapy to political prisoners and victims of human rights violations. She also writes for Philippine news publications and international journals. She is the co-author of Subversive Lives: A Family Memoir of the Marcos Years (Manila: Anvil Press, 2012), recently re-released by the University of Ohio Press/Swallow Press.

I met Susan after a rally against the proposed burial of Ferdinand Read More