New World Academy Readers
New World Academy Reader #1: Towards a People’s Culture

New World Academy Readers

By Jonas Staal, Jose Maria Sison, Ericson Acosta, Beatrice de Graaf, Alice G. Guillermo, Lisa Ito, Mao Tse-tung

The National Democratic Movement of the Philippines consists of a variety of underground and guerrilla movements as well as (semi-)legal political parties and organizations with strong leftist and Maoist affinities. Its development can be traced back to resistance movements against the Spanish and United States occupations in the Philippines. Today, the movements continue their struggle against US influence in the Filipino government. Central to the movements’ understanding of art is the figure of the cultural worker, whose task is to both educate, and be educated by, the masses of landless peasants and the urban poor.

With contributions by: Ericson Acosta (activist and poet, Manila), Beatrice de Graaf (Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism, The Hague), Alice G. Guillermo (theorist, Quezon City), Lisa Ito (theorist, Quezon City), Jose Maria Sison (poet and founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army, Utrecht), and Mao Tse-tung (revolutionary, theorist, and former Chairman of the Communist Party).

Table of contents


Maria Hlavajova


Jonas Staal

Cultural Imperialism in the Philippines

Jose Maria Sison

Talks at the Yenan Forum on Literature and Art

Mao Tse-tung

The Bladed Poem

Jose Maria Sison

Poems and Prose, with an Introduction by Jose Maria Sison

Ericson Acosta

I Am a Cultural Worker

Ericson Acosta Interviewed by Jonas Staal

Terrorist Trials as a Stage: Some Notes on Performativity

Beatrice de Graaf

The Guerilla Is Like a Poet

Jose Maria Sison

Protest Puppetry: An Update on the Aesthetics and Production of Effigy-Making, 2005–2012

Lisa Ito

Definition of Terms

Alice G. Guillermo


Editor: Jonas Staal in dialogue with Jose Maria Sison

Associate Editor: Seyma Bayram

Coordinator and Proof Reader: Gwen Parry

Design: Remco van Bladel, Amsterdam in collaboration with Andrea Spikker

Lithography and Printing: Drukkerij Raddraaier, Amsterdam

Language: English

Pages: 166

ISBN: 978-90-77288-20-7

Price: € 5

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New World Academy #1: Towards a People’s Culture

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