Since natural disasters constantly occur today, the socio-cultural aspects of disaster risk reduction are becoming increasingly important. It is essential to consider disaster preparation and the sharing of knowledge and experience in disaster response. This sharing of knowledge is as important as implementing common techniques of disaster risk reduction, and it is becoming more significant in the world of high social instability, given the rapid urbanization and global migration the Philippines is undergoing. The Philippines may offer a significant model for such sharing of knowledge and experience. The country has undergone colonization, war, and dictatorship; it has also experienced numerous disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, typhoons, and floods. It has fostered a sense of ‘common destiny’ as a Philippine nation, despite consisting of more than 7,000 islands, with over 170 languages and dialects spoken. Historians have indicated the significance of Jose Rizal’s novels and Jesus Christ’s life and epic narrative in fostering the Philippines’ nationhood in the Philippine Revolution of 1896-98. To help connect with the evolution of the Philippines’ nationhood in the era of rapid urbanization, global migration, and information technology, focus should be given to the storytelling format seen in popular media, such as current films and television programs. In this lecture, these films and programs will be compared to traditional art performances to analyze the current form of Philippine nationhood.About the lecturer
Dr. Hiroyuki Yamamoto is Associate Professor at the Center for Integrated Area Studies (CIAS) in Kyoto University. He is the Project Leader of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Core-to-Core Program on Disaster Risk Management, and is currently a Visiting Research Associate of the Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC). He finished his BA, MA, and PhD in Area Studies at the University of Tokyo.