Speaker at the University of Hawaii

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Description of Activity

Tom Sykes gave a presentation entitled 'Getting the Philippines Wrong Since 1840.' Drawing from his book, 'Imagining Manila,' to describe several enduring representational tropes and devices that have defined a trajectory of British and American Orientalist fiction, travel writing and journalism about the city of Manila. Termed “Manilaism,” he discussed counter-hegemonic canon of Filipino and foreign writers who have dissented from this distorted view of Manila.
Period22 Feb 2022
Held atUniversity of Hawai'i at Mānoa, United States, Hawaii
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Philippines
  • Asian studies
  • English Literature
  • American Literature
  • history