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Remaking Area StudiesTeaching and Learning across Asia and the Pacific$
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Terence Wesley-Smith and Jon Goss

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833213

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833213.001.0001

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Salaam Mānoa, Aloha Mindanao

Salaam Mānoa, Aloha Mindanao

Creating a Student-Centered, Real-Time, Virtual Classroom

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(p.178) Chapter 10 Salaam Mānoa, Aloha Mindanao
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Remaking Area Studies
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Conrado Balatbat

Hezekiah Concepcion

Gerard Finin

Ricardo Trimillos

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833213.003.0010

This chapter discusses a collaboration sustained over many years between faculty members and students at Ateneo de Zamboanga and the University of Hawaii organized around themes of sovereignty, identity, and emigration. Courses on the two campuses were articulated in a semester-long interaction in which students were invited to discover similarities in the nature of their multicultural settler societies, the experience of “localness” and geographical marginality within the nation-state, and also in their facility with creole languages. The authors emphasize the complementarities of professional interests and personal experience among the collaborating faculty, which others may have taken for granted. They also encouraged students to discover similarities in experience as opposed to the construction and confirmation of difference consistent with the relentless othering that characterizes most area studies practice. This emphasis, combined with an insistence on real-time interaction using web-based “chat” facilities, seems to have created a context in which mutual stereotyping was largely avoided.

Keywords:   Ateneo de Zamboanga, University of Hawaii, area studies, university collaboration, sovereignty, identity, emigration, multicultural settler societies, creole languages

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