Fellowship Resources

There are many different interpretations of this poem, but it's important to know that the 'white man's burden' was often used as an excuse to colonize—in this case specifically, Kipling's even referring to the Philippines.

"To My Country" by Jose Rizal

Excerpted from Noli Me Tangere

Recorded in the history of human suffering are cancers of such malignant character that even minor contact aggravates them, engendering overwhelming pain. How often, in the midst of modern civilizations have I wanted to bring you into the discussion, sometimes to recall these memories, sometimes to compare you to other countries, so often that your beloved image became to me like a social cancer.

Therefore, because I desire your good health, which is indeed all of ours, and because I seek stewardship for you, I will do with you what the ancients did with their infirmed: they placed them on the steps of their temples so that each in his own way could invoke a divinity that might offer a cure.

With that in mind, I will try to reproduce your current condition faithfully, without prejudice; I will lift the veil hiding your ills, sacrificing everything to truth, even my own pride, since, as your son, I, too, suffer your defects and shortcomings.

Misc. Articles

Relevant pieces of content and storytelling from our network:

• Our Medium collection, “voices of scattering and connection”: https://medium.com/kaya-constellations
• Founder Rexy’s Rappler article on diaspora engagement: http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/balikbayan/voices/57368-filipino-college-groups-united-states
• Founder Rexy’s Rappler article on the emerging social sector and the role of diaspora: http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/balikbayan/voices/87581-migrant-views-philippines
• Fellowship Director Daniel Griffith’s article on relationship building between Fil-Ams and the Philippines: http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/the-philippines-is-also-in-the-heart
• Homeland Taskforce Leader Mika Reyes' blog on HuffPo on social change in the Philippine context: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mikaela-reyes/kaya-kwento_b_6083516.html
• Early announcement of the fellowship on The Fil-Am: http://thefilam.net/archives/13482
• Early announcement of the fellowship on Rappler: http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/balikbayan/bulletin/48045-kayaco-opens-fellowship-applications

Relevant pieces of content surrounding our method:

• Gawad Kalinga Founder Tony Meloto controversy (neo-colonialism in the Philippines): http://www.interaksyon.com/article/111113/tony-meloto-under-fire-for-sexist-speech-no-comment-but-gawad-kalinga-founder-tweets-good-vibes
• How to critically use Human-Centered Design in social innovation: http://m.fastcompany.com/3045768/why-design-for-development-is-failing-on-its-promise
• “Stop Trying to Save The World” and actually help people: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120178/problem-international-development-and-plan-fix-it
• The problem with charitable giving: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/27/opinion/the-charitable-industrial-complex.html

And a few things from our partners…

• Rovaira Dasig Founder of PULSE on coming back as a Fil-Am: http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/motherland-rovaira-dasig-you-can-go-home-again
• Rovaira Dasig on Fil-Am privilege in the Philippines: http://pulse.ph/filamprivilege/
• Melissa Gibson of TIGRA on the role of diaspora in typhoon relief & recovery: http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/balikbayan/bulletin/74630-global-filipinos-ph-resilience
• Melissa Gibson on reshaping the remittance economy: http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/2013/4/remittances-should-be-more-than-a-numbers-game?rq=remittances
• Ashoka Philippines announces its latest fellowship class: http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/82188-filipino-social-entrepreneurs-ashoka-fellows



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