On Jan. 28, 2015, Jose Dalisay, professor and novelist, University of Philippines gave a talk titled "Democracy and Cultural Expression: Confronting Modernization in the Philippines" at UC San Diego.

Alternately hailed as a beacon of democracy in Southeast Asia and yet also seen as a place of corruption and human rights abuses, the Philippines continues to be an often-baffling cradle of contradictions. This modernizing society seems ever on the verge of great political and economic transformation, but almost just as inevitably keeps getting held back by age-old realities and complexities. EmPac Pacific Leadership Fellow Jose Dalisay explores how culture mediates this divide and offers reflection, relief and hope to the otherwise disempowered.

Sponsored by the Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies. Co-sponsored by The Global Forum at the International House.

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