@PinoyAkoBlog Ok. Wow. Where do I begin?

Re: Austronesian migration (Out-of-Taiwan model by Peter Bellwood), that's just 1 of the major diffusionist theories on the peopling of #PH. There's also the Wilhelm Solheim III model that proposed migration came from southeast of Southeast Asia. 1/
@PinoyAkoBlog Then there's the F. Landa Jocano model disagreeing w/ diffusionist models, but instead proposing an internal devt in the region. All these model theories are based on what we could gather from archaeological excavations, genetics, & ethnolinguistic cultural traces. 2/
@PinoyAkoBlog The thing abt the origins or the peopling of #PH is that these theories are a work in progress, bec we know so little of that period, except for what the inhabitants of the period left behind—tools, pots, remains. What I find problematic here is the nationalist-racial framing. 3/
@PinoyAkoBlog The needless emphasis on China seemed to imply something different, given CN encroachment on #WestPHSea. Remember, China in its present form didn't exist during the Austronesian migration. And to pick Tausug & Igorot, out of all the ethnolinguistic grps in PH, is problematic. 4/
@PinoyAkoBlog Lastly, while it doesn't hurt to take pride in what Austronesians achieved, traversing the Pacific, even, going to as far as Madagascar, there is a need to historicize this "pride". We share the Austronesian genetic heritage w/ the rest of Southeast Asia & the Pacific. Context.
@PinoyAkoBlog *Map: Peopling of the Philippines, from the Historical Atlas of the Republic (2016) downloadable here: archive.org/details/histor…

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