Locating Filipino Americans: Ethnicity and the Cultural Politics of Space (Asian American History and Culture Series)
By: Rick Bonus (author)Paperback
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The Filipino American population in the U.S. is expected to reach more than two million by the next century. Yet many Filipino Americans contend that years of formal and covert exclusion from mainstream political, social, and economic institutions on the basis of their race have perpetuated racist stereotypes about them, ignored their colonial and immigration history, and prevented them from becoming fully recognized citizens of the nation. Locating Filipino Americans shows how Filipino Americans counter exclusion by actively engaging in alternative practices of community building. Locating Filipino Americans, an ethnographic study of Filipino American communities in Los Angeles and San Diego, present a multi-disciplinary cultural analysis of the relationship between ethnic identity and social space. Author Rick Bonus argues that alternative community spaces enable Filipino Americans to respond to and resist the ways in which the larger society has historically and institutionally rendered them invisible, silenced, and racialized.
Bonus focuses on the \u0022Oriental\u0022 stores, the social halls and community centers, and the community newspapers to demonstrate how ethnic identities are publicly constituted and communities are transformed. Delineating the spaces formed by diasporic consciousness, Bonus shows how community members appropriate elements from their former homeland and from their new settlements in ways defined by their critical stances against racism, homogenization, complete assimilation, and exclusionary citizenship. Locating Filipino Americans is one of the few books that offers a grounded approach to theoretical analyses of ethnicity and contemporary culture in the U.S.
Rick Bonus is an assistant professor of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.
CONTENTS Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: Marking Locations 1. Cartographies of Ethnicity 2. Filipinos and Filipinas in America 3. Marking and Marketing Identities in Filipino "Oriental" Stores 4. Palengke Politics and Beauty Pageants in Filipino Community Centers 5. Homeland Memories and Media: Filipino Images and Imaginations in America Conclusion: Re-marking Locations Notes Index
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