1st Edition

Racism and Resistance among the Filipino Diaspora Everyday Anti-racism in Australia

By Kristine Aquino Copyright 2018
    154 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    154 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.