Overcoming Language Barriers: Filipino/Japanese Youths as Transmigrants in the Philippines
      Michiyo YONENO-REYES

Connections, Contracts and Sanctions: Informal Commercial Contracting Among Chinese in Metro Manila
      Tina CLEMENTE and Marco LAGMAN

Migration and Business:  A Survey of Indian Communities in the Philippines
       Joefe SANTARITA

West Asian Communities in the Philippines: An Exploratory Study of Migrant Iranians, Jews, Arabs, and Turkish
       Henelito SEVILLA, Jr.

Indonesian Diaspora Identity Construction in a Southern Mindanao Border Crossing
       Rolando TALAMPAS


Asian Studies for Filipinos: The Philippines in the Asian Century
       Janus Isaac NOLASCO

Chinese New Year as a National Holiday: Towards Cultural Understanding In the Philippines?
       Ivy Marie GANADILLO

Keeping Tradition and Accepting Transformation: Interviews of Korean Women in the Philippines
       Marian GONGORA


Truth and Reconciliation in South Korea: Between the Present and Future of the Korean Wars edited by Jae-Jung Suh
       Reviewed by Edward REED  

Musika at Bagong Lipunan: Pagbuo ng Lipunang Filipino, 1972-1986 by Raul Casantusan Navarro
       Reviewed by Arwin TAN   

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
       Reviewed by Alona GUEVARRA


Hollywood and Possession
     Marina DURANO

About the Contributors

The Asian Center would like to acknowledge the support of the Japan Foundation for this special issue of Asian Studies. The research for the full-length research articles in this issue of Asian Studies was funded by the Asian Center.

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