Home to 33,000 Filipino American residents, Daly City, California, located just outside of San Francisco, has been dubbed "the Pinoy Capital of the United States". In this fascinating ethnographic study of the lives of Daly City residents, Benito Vergara shows how Daly City has become a magnet for the growing Filipino American community. Vergara challenges rooted notions of colonialism here, addressing the immigrants' identities, connections and loyalties. Using the lens of trans-nationalism, he looks at the "double lives" of both recent and established Filipino Americans. Vergara explores how first-generation Pinoys experience homesickness precisely because Daly City is filled with reminders of their homeland's culture, like newspapers, shops and festivals. Vergara probes into the complicated, ambivalent feelings these immigrants have - toward the Philippines and the United States - and the conflicting obligations they have presented by belonging to a thriving community and yet possessing nostalgia for the homeland and people they left behind. In the series "Asian American History and Culture", this title is edited by Sucheng Chan, David Palumbo-Liu, Michael Omi, K.
Scott Wong, and Linda Trinh Vo.
Benito M. Vergara, Jr. is the author of Displaying Filipinos: Photography and Colonialism in Early 20th-Century Philippines. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
1. A Repeated Turning 2. Little Manila 3. Looking Forward: Narratives of Obligation 4. Spreading the News: Newspapers and Transnational Belongings 5. Looking Back: Indifference, Responsibility, and the Anti-Marcos Movement in the United States 6. Betrayal and Belonging 7. Citizenship and Nostalgia 8. Pinoy Capital Bibliography Index