1st Edition

Imagining the Filipino American Diaspora Transnational Relations, Identities, and Communities

By Jonathan Y. Okamura Copyright 1998
    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    First published in 1998. The Philippines play a major role in expanding the international Filipino community through its promotion of international labor migration-Filipinos can currently be found in over 130 countries throughout the world. As the first major work to conceive of Filipino immigration as a diaspora, this study analyses the diasporic nature of Filipino relations, identities, and communities and shows how these transnational phenomena are socially constructed by the everyday actions and activities of Filipino Americans. Instead of focusing on an ethnic minority and its relation to its host society, a diasporic perspective places emphasis on the transnational relations created and maintained among that minority, its homeland, and other diasporic communities. Transnational ties are evident in the movement of people, money, consumer goods, information, and ideas. Diaspora represents a new and fluid conceptual image quite apart from the usual coordinates based on physical location, territory, and distance. Transnational relations and practices will continue to be an increasingly important dimension of the Filipino American community because of the ongoing family-based immigration from the Philippines, further technological advances in communication and transportation, the expansion of transnational capital, and continuing racism and discrimination, all of which have made it necessary for Filipinos in the United States, the Philippines, and throughout the world to create and maintain diasporic lives and culture.

    Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 Diaspora as Transnational Social Construction; Chapter 3 Filipino Americans as the Marginalized Minority; Chapter 4 Beyond Adaptation: Immigrant Filipino Ethnicity in Hawai'i; Chapter 5 Writing the Filipino Diaspora in Hawai'i; Chapter 6 Siting the Filipino American Diaspora in Space, Time and Ethnicity; Chapter 7 Imagining the Global Filipino Diaspora References; INDEX;


    Jonathan Y. Okamura

    "Valuable in expanding the breadth of analytic scholarship devoted to addressing late-twentieth century population movements and unstable moorings.offer(s) much needed depth to the localized specificities of the transnational experience with all its complex textures, patterns, and consequences. A valuable contribution to the growing scholarship on diaspora as well as on Asian American and Filipino American studies." -- JAAS