Fellows' Presentation

I Was the President's Mistress!!—a Novel About Sex, Power, and Corruption in the Third World

Part of the 2013–2014 Fellows Presentation Series


During his fellowship, Miguel Syjuco is completing a novel. Using a female protagonist’s colorful rise to the top of a fictional society based on his home country of the Philippines, he examines different facets of power and how they comingle, conflict, and contradict. Through satire and parody, Syjuco hopes to examine his own biases, justifications, and limitations as a male writer to better understand gender politics in developing societies.