The power of maps have gone widely unnoticed in everyday life. How maps have created the realities that people conceive today are defined by maps and those who create them. However, through this thesis, the power of maps comes into question with the introduction of international entities and laws such as the United Nations and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This thesis goes to show how maps have lost this power in the South China Sea Dispute between China, Vietnam and the Philippines through an analysis of maps created by each country in comparison to the author's own maps based on an interpretation of UNCLOS. Also in the thesis, the author shows how the Philippines, through his own interpretation of international law and analysis, have a claim in the South China Sea Dispute that is stronger than the others based on his interpretations of UNCLOS.
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Today, approximately 10 million Filipinos, either temporary or permanent migrants, are sending about US$20 billion worth of remittances to their families in the Philippines. The current government seeks to provide better economic opportunities so Filipinos will not see working abroad as the only choice but instead as an option. This thesis project attempts to quantitatively evaluate the extent of both push and pull factors determining a Filipino’s decision to migrate, either for permanent or for temporary purposes. Since migration is a national policy issue, understanding these factors that push and pull people to leave would be central to retaining Filipinos who would otherwise seek employment and serve abroad. The Ordinary Least Squares regression models are utilized and separated into permanent and temporary Filipino migrants to better differentiate push and pull factors influencing decisions made by Filipinos when migrating. The final results suggests that push and pull factors have different effects on the decisions of Filipinos depending on their destination countries and whether they are a permanent or temporary migrant.