Pappy’s House: History, Pop Culture and the Reevaluation of a Filipino-American “Sixty-cents” in GuamVicente M. Diaz
2002 Criticism 22 pages. Courtesy of New York University Press.From Vestiges of War. Edited by Angel Velasco Shaw and Luis H. Francia.
Vicente M. Diaz
Vicente (Vince) M. Diaz, a Filipino-Pohnpeian scholar and writer from Guam, is Associate Professor of American Indian Studies and Anthropology, with affiliations in History and Asian American Studies, at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He served on the faculty of the Asia/Pacific American Studies Program at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor since 2001 and before that for ten years at the University of Guam Micronesian Area Research Center. He received his undergraduate and Masters degrees in Political Science from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and his doctorate degree from the History of Consciousness program at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1992.
His book, Repositioning the Missionary: Rewriting the Histories of Colonialism, Native Catholicism, and Indigeneity in Guam (University of Hawai’i Press, 2010), examines the struggle of Native and Colonizer narratives in the efforts to canonize Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores, the Jesuit priest killed by a Chamorro chief in Tomhom while establishing the Catholic mission in the Marianas. The work problematizes easy conclusions about Native-Colonizer relationships and makes suspect not only the written records but also the oral histories of the events surrounding the death of San Vitores. Diaz also co-produced and directed the documentary, Sacred Vessels: Navigating Tradition and Identity in Micronesia (Moving Islands, 1997). He is a leader of the field of Native Pacific Cultural Studies, and an international movement to develop Critical Indigenous Studies.
- Born: Guam
- Based: Champaign, IL, USA