Title: Diaspora Diplomacy: Philippine Migration and its Soft Power Influences
Author: Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III
Diaspora Diplomacy: Philippine Migration and its Soft Power Influences is about the remarkable and untapped soft power that international migrants posses and how various sectors--from governments, NGOs, business, and international organizations--could tap this valuable resource to enhance global cooperation and development. With compelling stories from Filipina and Filipino migrants in San Francisco, London, Dubai, Dhaka, and Singapore comprising the large Philippine diaspora, this book illustrates how this widespread community performs numerous acts of public diplomacy, bridging the cultural and economic gap between its homeland and its new home base.
"This fascinating book examines the multi-faceted contributions of Filipino migrants and overseas workers to globalization. Rarely has the concept of soft power and its influence been put to such positive use in cultural and social terms, and this book expertly details that process." -Professor Kenneth Christie, Program Head, School of Peace and Conflict Management, Royal Roads University, Canada.
"Dr. Gonzalez has written a path breaking book. He shows us the way in using soft power lenses in looking at how Filipino migrants affect the development prospects of their old hometowns and their adopted communities across the globe." -Dr. Francisco Magno, Executive Director, La Salle Institute of Governance, De La Salle University, Philippines
"A manuscript on the Philippine diaspora and its role in global and Philippine development is long overdue. This book fills this gaping hole and provides both scholars and practitioners with a solid foundation from which to deepen the research and knowledge in this area." -Dr. Jose Edgardo Campos, Manager, The Governance Practice, World Bank Institute, USA.
"This is a major work on the power of soft diplomacy among the Philippines' international migrant community. Professor Gonzalez has definitely produced a highly readable, exceptional piece of scholarship on globalization and diaspora. A must read!" -Dr. Alex B. Brillantes Jr., Professor, National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines.