KASAMA Vol. 11 No. 2 / April-May-June 1997 / Solidarity Philippines Australia Network

new publications…

We received two new books this quarter. Though very different, they have a link. Both collections contain a piece written by EMERE DISTOR, the Coordinator of the Brisbane Branch of the Centre for Philippine Concerns-Australia and an editor of KASAMA.

Critical Perspectives on Mao Zedong’s Thought

Edited by Arif Dirlik, Paul Healy and Nick Knight
Publisher: Humanities Press International, Inc.,
165 First Avenue,
Atlantic Highlands,
New Jersey 07716

ISBN 0-391-03994-6 (1997)

The broad goal of this volume is to provide a critical historical evaluation of Mao Zedong’s thought. The collection’s editors are all educators. Arif Dirlik teaches history at Duke University, Paul Healy teaches Chinese society and Asian studies at the University of New England, and Nick Knight teaches political science and Chinese politics at Griffith University.

The contributors come from a variety of disciplines, specialising in Chinese studies, Marxist theory, and Third World revolutionary movements.

Grouped into two sections, the essays in the first part trace the relationship of Mao’s thought to the Marxist tradition. Two essays in this collection are written by women. The first in this section is Mao and the Women Question in an Age of Green Politics: Some Critical Reflections by Roxann Prazniak. Roxann teaches history at Hampden-Sydney College.

In the second part the essays examine the impact of Mao’s thought in a selected number of Third World revolutionary settings. They address issues about the Communist Party of Peru–Shining Path by Orin Starn, India’s Naxalbari by Sanjay Seth, the Maoist model in Vietnam by William J. Duiker, Mao and postwar Japan by J. Victor Koschmann, and the final piece titled, Maoism and the Development of the Communist Party of the Philippines written by KASAMA editor Emerita Dionisio Distor.

Twice a Stranger

Edited by Sue Pechey
Publisher: Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland,
26 Merivale Street, Qld 4101.

This collection of short stories is the result of a series of writing workshops sponsored by the ECC Qld, Arts Queensland, and the Queensland Writers’ Centre. The authors agreed to write to a common theme, that of displacement, adjustment, feelings of being at home, or not being at home, in more than one place.

They write with sensitivity and courage about the transition from one culture to another, and about the way they feel for places, the lives they built, and the losses and gains of putting themselves through the process of emigration and immigration.

In Workshop Note, Barbara Damska writes, "Everyone had a different story to tell. Yet we could all find fragments of our lives in each story. Being born outside Australia, few of us speaking English from birth, we had something in common — the struggle with English. No matter when we came here, thirty years or six months ago, we all knew that feeling of being aliens."

The works chosen for publication range in length from a short poem, to a quite lengthy exploration of what exactly constitutes belonging.

Lany Popovic writes, "I have become a stranger in that very country, my home country, as I am still a stranger here." Her story lends its title to the anthology.

Two of the stories, Friday Night by Betty Birskys and Teresa Teng is Dead by Selina Li Duke, were highly commended in the United By Pen competition.

Emere Distor's Filipino Way can be found here

To get a free copy of Twice a Stranger contact the ECCQ: Phone (07)3844 9166/Fax (07)3846 4453/ Email: