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Preface to FILIPINA INSURGENCY by E. SAN JUAN, Jr.

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Foreword to
FILIPINA INSURGENCY (Quezon City: Giraffe Books, 1999)




No uprising fails. Each one is a step in the right direction.
--Salud Algabre



Faithful to the injunction “Always historicize!” I would like to situate the individual essays collected here in the conjunctural “thickness” of their origins.

Sometime in the mid-seventies, I edited Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, the monthly newsletter of the Philippines Research Center (an affiliate of the anti-martial law groups in the United States), which featured in one issue the vicissitudes of the women's liberation movement in the Philippines. One reader asked why I wasted one issue on such a partial and minor trend; my somewhat protracted response took the form of an essay on socialist feminism, its background and prospect. This later evolved into chapter 8 of my book Crisis in the Philippines (South Hadley, Mass: Bergin & Garvey, 1986), included here as chapter 5.

As the historical record shows, the women's mo…

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