Category Archives: Social Studies

White Man’s Burden

When I first heard of this expression, I thought it was some general paternalistic phrase.  But when I found out that it also came from Rudyard Kipling’s poem encouraging the colonization of the Philippines by the United States, it kinda … Continue reading

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Foreign Exchange

Photo Credit: http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/rise_fall_canton_04/gallery_places/pages/cwC_1805_E78680_Flags.htm Before 1842, Canton (Guangzhou) was the only port in China open to foreigners. After losing the Opium/Trade War to the British, the Chinese government finally gave in to British demands, conceding the right to trade in five … Continue reading

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Democracy

Photo Credit: Fred Gildersleeve (1881-1958) Why is democracy the ideal form of government?: Because otherwise — to use the philosopher Montesquieu’s phrase from The Spirit of Laws — “the life and liberty of the subject would be exposed to arbitrary … Continue reading

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Balikbayan

My Photo: The yearbooks that I have from my childhood in Saudi Arabia and the US. The Filipino word Balikbayan is a combination of the words “balik” meaning to return, and “bayan” meaning home country.  It “refers to overseas Filipinos including … Continue reading

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Anak

Video Credit: ACSPPA/AMLC The word “anak” means child in many Malayo-Polynesian languages, including that of my country the Philippines.  It has also been used for the title of a Filipino song and movie, giving it the depth this word deserves. … Continue reading

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The Social Contract

In CHAPTER VIII: “Of The Beginning of Political Societies” of John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government, he explains that: Sec. 95. MEN being, as has been said, by nature, all free, equal, and independent, no one can be put out … Continue reading

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Doctors & Society

In society, doctors are held in such high esteem and with good reason — the years of training, the level of skill involved, and the power to heal and save lives.  But in this post, I want to discuss those … Continue reading

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Young

Photo Credit: Ric Manning On January 27, 1973, the Paris Peace Accords on “Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam” was signed — even though South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu had demanded changes to it which could not … Continue reading

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Trade

Photo Credit: Justin Clements On the Swahili Coast and nearby islands of East Africa, Persian and Arab culture mixed with that of the local Bantu people because of their trading settlements which they had established.  This intricately carved door embodies … Continue reading

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Borders

The Great Wall of China was built as early as the 7th century BC along the historical northern borders of China to protect the Empire from warlike nomadic peoples.  But it is one thing to designate territorial boundaries and build … Continue reading

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