Monday, April 14, 2014

Cartography and Psychological Warfare: China and the South China Sea

Cartography and Psychological Warfare: China and the South China Sea
25 April 2014 (Friday), 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Seminar Room, Hall of Wisdom, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center,
Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman

Bill Hayton, a British journalist from the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), will look at how Chinese cartography has shaped Beijing’s claims on the South China Sea; in his second lecture, he will examine how Chinese media employ ‘psychological warfare’ strategies vis-à-vis Philippines and the United States.

Lecture 1: The Origins of China's South China Sea Claim 
(10:00 AM - 12:00 NN)

Broadly describes the story of how, between 1909 and 1947, the U-shaped line came into being and was drawn and redrawn by different cartographers; how translation errors from British maps created misunderstandings; how the Beijing government didn’t know where the Spratlys were in 1933; and how the ‘Nansha' moved around the sea.

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Lecture 2: The Power of ‘Enemy Work’
(2:00 - 4:00 PM)

Illustrates how Beijing is making use of deliberate psychological warfare strategies towards the Philippines and the US through the use of ‘hawks’ in the media. This paper will show how these hawks are directly connected to military propaganda departments and ponder on what role they play in China’s overall strategy towards the South China Sea.

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Bill Hayton has been with the BBC since 1998. The author of South China Sea: Dangerous Ground (2014, forthcoming) and Vietnam: Rising Dragon (2010), he has reported on the Middle East, and Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Hayton has also been a trainer and a media consultant for various news organizations in Myanmar, Georgia, and Vietnam. He maintains a website at

Please confirm your attendance by filling out this form or by emailing Janus or Kat at You may also call 981-8500 local 3586. Kindly note that registering does not entail a seat reservation; seats are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch will not be served. For directions to the Asian Center, please view a vicinity map here.



Thursday, April 03, 2014

Internship Opportunity at TWSC

The Third World Studies Center (TWSC) welcomes applicants to its Volunteer-Internship Program (VIP). The TWSC VIP is designed for social science undergraduate, graduate, and foreign exchange students of the University of the Philippines with particular interest in critical political economy, democratization, and political culture. The program provides an opportunity for volunteers-interns to assist in and learn from the various research, publications, and training projects and activities of the Center. It is a non-salaried program and does not guarantee future employment in the organization.

The TWSC only selects four volunteer-interns. Applicants must at least:

  • be 18 years old,
  • have junior status and be enrolled in the University of the Philippines at the time of application,
  • be in good academic standing,
  • have good writing skills (English),
  • have a background in technical writing and research methodologies, and
  • be able to complete specific assignments on deadlines.

Preference will be given to students who require internship credits, and/or whose academic work (thesis, etc.) relates with any of the TWSC’s research focus. TWSC encourages long-term internship work, and will give preference to applicants who can stay with the Center for a minimum period of three months and can work for at least 50 hours a month.

Application Process
To apply, please send the following:
  • a comprehensive curriculum vitae,
  • a true copy of grades for all previous semesters (or a printout of grades from CRS), and
  • an application letter addressed

Dr. Ricardo T. Jose
Third World Studies Center
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Palma Hall Basement
University of the Philippines
Diliman 1101 Quezon City

Submit requirements to Emerald O. Flaviano at the Third World Studies Center via email (