Most of the writings that I have here are works-in-progress: initial drafts of my academic essays and versions of poems trying to find their way towards publication. The essays are sections and segments of my current research project and are mostly about the cultural production of Asian migration. I have also included here brief descriptions of some of the archival and translation work that I have done so far for this book project. Most of the poems, on the other hand, are part of my ongoing poetry collection that attempts to interrogate the violence of visiting, moving and settling into foreign territories. Part noir, part travel writing and part OFW poetry, these poems follows three main tropes: urban crime, tourist destinations that bear brutal histories and the trauma of settling into a foreign countries. I wanted to merge the themes of migration, trauma tourism and the violence to form a larger poetic cartography that reflects what Walter Benjamin might call as histories that are at once documents of civilisation and a testimonies of barbarism, at the same time.
Publications section will soon house links to my published academic and literary works.
Passages is a virtual archive that contains my translation work and brief critical notes of the literary works and other media texts that are part of the corpus of migrant workers’ literature and diasporic writings in Southeast Asia.
Travels features my travel photography of some of the trauma tourist sites that I intend to write poems on.
Portfolio page contains poems that I have already published, my past academic theses and essays that I have submitted as a graduate student.
Teaching section contains my course syllabi and other teaching materials, which my current undergraduate and graduate students can access here.
Conferences section contains topics of my delivered paper in international conferences, invited talks, graduate seminars and guest lectures.
This website is designed by my love and partner, Michael Balili. Unless otherwise stated, the photos and graphic designs are from me.
I hope you enjoy some of the things that I have here. You can leave comments or you can email me and we can find fruitful ways to share ideas and collaborate.