In the summer of 2011, I traveled to the Philippines to learn what makes something "Filipino."
At Brown, I thought a lot about what national identity means in our current moment of globalized commerce. What can you learn about a country through the things it produces for the world? What kinds of meanings do commodities adopt as they move through the global supply chain?
For the next few weeks, I'll share what I learned in Manila—a city where ideas like "fair trade" and "handmade" are being revamped for a more globalized Philippines, one where small-scale entrepreneurs aligning themselves with broad national goals of sustainable development.
My goal in this series is to provide a glimpse of what entrepreneurism and fair trade mean for Filipino producers and their communities in this moment of national growth.