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Book Review of E. San Juan's ON THE PRESENCE OF FILIPINOS IN THE U.S. by Mike Viola


On the Presence of Filipinos in the United States, and other Essays. By E. San Juan, Jr. (Salinas, California: SRMNK Publishers, 2007. 114 pp. softcover, $12.50; available from Sarimanok Publishers, 104 E. Lamar Street, Salinas, CA 93906 ).

By Mike Viola
Graduate School of Education and Communications
University of California, Los Angeles

No one is more of an expert in the areas of social theory, race studies, and on the specific subject of the history of Filipinos than Epifanio San Juan, Jr. His scholarly endeavors with their international optic undoubtedly continue the emancipatory projects of such theorists as W.E.B. Du Bois, C.L.R. James, Carlos Bulosan, and Paulo Freire. In his latest book, On the Presence of Filipinos in the United States: and other Essays, San Juan clearly demonstrates that history is a weapon in the ideological battle between those who want to change society and those who want to maintain its basic features. This book, a compilation of four essays …