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James Pangilinan

Ph.D Student

Faculty of Arts


Research interests: forced migration, postcolonial asylum, comparative humanitarianisms

Pangilinan’s research traces historical geographies of postcolonial asylum and relational humanitarianism through the Philippines at two critical junctures. He considers how Filipino elites, during the Philippines' decolonization before World War II, collaborated with Jewish humanitarians to host refugees in Mindanao. Focusing on the closure of Cold War refugee aid in Southeast Asia, he details how practices of Filipino hospitality for Vietnamese refugees formed relational comparative grounds for diasporic contestation through aid linkages between Palawan and post-Katrina New Orleans.