Beyond the Horizon of Death? Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda and Unnatural Disasters
In Beyond the Horizon of Death? Gina Apostol, Joi Barrios, Kale Bantigue Farjardo, Dylan Rodriguez and Teresa Teaiwa reflect on the enabling conditions and aftermath of, as well as the way forward from, Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda's devastating 2013 landfall in the Philippines. Together, their conversation reveals that Haiyan/Yolanda is precisely an unnatural disaster, and they draw on their backgrounds--as novelist, poets and scholars--to connect the ongoing devastation of Yolanda to the US's colonial and military history in the Philippines and to climate change that disproprtionately threatens the Global South. With Sarita See as moderator, they produce a palimsest account of the deeper origins of Haiyan's horrors, and they anticipate the alternative affiliations that could make up what Epeli Hau'ofa calls--as Fajardo and Teaiwa remind us--the Pacific's "sea of islands."