About Me

Benito Vergara

Born and raised in the Philippines, Benito M. Vergara, Jr. is the author of Displaying Filipinos: Photography and Colonialism in Early 20th-Century Philippines and Pinoy Capital: The Filipino Nation in Daly City. He received his PhD in Anthropology from Cornell University and has taught Asian American Studies and Anthropology at different universities in the San Francisco Bay Area.



A Sliver of Blue Ocean,” Atticus Review (March 2018). Nominated for Best of the Net.

We Were Professionals,” Joyland (February 2017).

Loretta’s Scars,” The Citron Review (October 2016).

A Favor,” The Open Bar at Tin House (May 2016).

A Life Inside,” Entropy (November 2015).

Stone, Well, Girl,” SmokeLong Quarterly (August 2015). Nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

“The Changes,” in Philippine Speculative Fiction Volume 7, Kate Osias and Alex Osias, eds. (2012).


Selected Academic Work:

“‘The Real Filipino People:’ Filipino Nationhood and Encounters with the Native Other.” In The “Other” Students: Filipino Americans, Education and Power, Dina Maramba and Rick Bonus, eds. (Information Age Publishing, 2013).

Pinoy Capital: The Filipino Nation in Daly City (Temple University Press, 2009).

Displaying Filipinos: Photography and Colonialism in Early 20th-Century Philippines (University of the Philippines Press, 1995). See also excerpts at the Center for Art + Thought’s exhibition, “Empire’s Eyes: Colonial Stereographs of the Philippines.”

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