Racism and Resistance among the Filipino Diaspora: Everyday Anti-racism in Australia, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Racism and Resistance among the Filipino Diaspora

Everyday Anti-racism in Australia, 1st Edition

By Kristine Aquino


144 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Filipino migrants constitute one of the largest global diasporas today. In Australia, Filipino settlement is markedly framed by the country’s on-going nation-building project that continues to racialise immigrants and delineate the possibilities and limits of belonging to the national community.

This book explores the ways in which Filipino migrants in Australia experience, understand and negotiate racism in their everyday lives. In particular, it explores the notion of everyday anti-racism – the strategies individuals deploy to manage racism in their day to day lives. Through case studies based on extensive fieldwork the author shares ethnographic observation and interview material that demonstrate the ways in which Filipinos are racially constituted in Australian society and are subject to everyday racisms that criss-cross different modes of power and domination. Drawing on theoretical approaches in critical race scholarship and the sociology of everyday life, this book illuminates the operation of racism in a multicultural society that persists insidiously in exchanges across a range of public and private spaces. More importantly, it explores the quotidian ways in which ‘victims’ of racism cope with routine racialised domination, an area underdeveloped in anti-racism research that has tended to focus on institutional anti-racism politics.

Shedding light on a neglected corner of the global Filipino diaspora and highlighting the complexity of lived experiences in translocal and transnational social fields, this book will be of interest to academics in the field of diaspora and migration studies, the study of race and racism and ethnic minorities, with particular reference to the Asian diaspora.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Histories of the ‘Filipino’ in Australia and beyond

3. Coping with honorary whiteness: Aspirant middle class Filipino migrants

4. Reclaiming rights, morality and esteem: The dignity of working class Filipino migrants

5. ‘Mail Order Bride’ or loving wife? Revisiting the experience of Filipina ‘marriage migrants'

6. More than a game: Embodied resistance among young Filipino-Australian street ballers

7. Conclusion

About the Author

Kristine Aquino is Lecturer in Global Studies at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Her research interests are in the study of global migration, transnationalism, race and ethnicity, and everyday multiculturalism in urban life.

About the Series

Routledge Series on Asian Migration

Asia is now the most essential and dynamic region receiving and sending both long-term and short-term migrants, undertaking migration in all routes and in various forms. This series addresses various imminent trends of international migration in Asia, and the development of various Asian diaspora communities around the world. It brings together interests and efforts on migration studies focusing on the plights of Asian migrants within and beyond Asia, as well as all levels of governance and management of migration.

Books in the series broaden the discussions of the relationship between migration and globalization, transnationalism, development, governance, inter-cultural studies, and identity and diaspora. They address specific social and cultural dynamics – such as gender relations, population, family and marriage patterns, new class formation, and the transformation of cultural values – that have been brought by Asian migration. This series highlights Asia as a region with the most active migration movements, which should be one of the most essential areas bringing critical social changes within and across national boundaries.

The series welcomes submissions from prominent scholars in Asian Migration studies as well as emerging scholars with empirically rich and updated research.


Editorial Board

Steven J. Gold, Michigan State University, US

David Haines, George Mason University, US

Nana Oishi, University of Melbourne, Australia

Willem van Schendel, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Biao Xiang, University of Oxford, ,UK

Pei-Chia Lan, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Brenda Yeoh, National University of Singapore, Singapore

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General