E. San Juan Jr. and Anti-Imperialist Cultural Critique: A Review of Kenneth E. Bauzon’s Capitalism, The American Empire and Neoliberal Globalization (2019)

The New Horizon

Karlo Mikhail Mongaya

E. San Juan Jr. is a leading Filipino Marxist scholar, literary critic and poet. His life-long work focused on elaborating radical traditions in Philippine literature, exposing imperialist mechanisms in the realm of culture and ideology, and asserting the importance of Filipino popular struggles for national liberation.

San Juan’s political awakening happened to the backdrop of McCarthyist witch hunts and rise of the national democratic movement in the 1950s and 1960s. He has since continued to be politically engaged, involving himself in internationalist solidarity work in the United States from the time of dictatorial rule under Ferdinand Marcos up to the present (Mongaya 2019). 

Given the diverse range of topics covered by San Juan, one might find it hard to find an anchor when beginning the study of his writings. San Juan published dozens of books: from straightforward investigations on the Filipino national question to experimentations in poetic…

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