Updated, November 29, 2016, 7 AM
‘Silangan Rising: The Crafting of the Filipino Self and ‘other’ in Winnipeg through ethnic media’
By Ted Alcuitas
Silangan, one of the pioneer Filipino newspapers in Canada will be the subject of an academic lecture at the University of Manitoba on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 2:30 PM. The event will be at the Institute for the Humanties Boardroom.
‘Silangan Rising: The Crafting of the Filipino Self and ‘other’ in Winnipeg through ethnic media’ is the title of the paper by university instructor Jon Malek, using the paper’s coverage of the Filipino community to dissect the intersection of news media and the community and how it shaped the community.
Silangan was founded and published by Ted Alcuitas in 1976 together with the late Florentino Cadigal, Jr. and Ric Sumaling. Labouring under difficult conditions using the traditional ‘cut and paste’ method without the benefit of modern computers, the three pioneers put out the paper for five years until it was sold to Rod and Linda Cantiveros. The paper’s name has changed to Filipino Journal and continues to publish, making it one of the oldest newspapers in Canada.
Malek is secretary of the Canadian Oral History Association and works as Book Review Editor at H-HistGeog. He writes for the Winnipeg-based Pilipino Express, one of three major newspapers in Winnipeg.
A PhD student at Western University (London, Ontario),he completed a Master’s degree in History at the University of Manitoba in Early Modern Political History. His current research is on global Filipino migration and Canadian immigration history.
Malek specializes in Filipino migration and immigration, Canadian immigration, Medieval and Early Modern European History, Colonial History; and History of fortifications.