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Building Filipino Hawai'i

Author:
Labrador, Roderick

ISBN:
978 0 252 03880 8
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
192
List price(s):
90.00 USD
65.00 GBP

Publication date:
15 January 2015

Short description: 

Drawing on ten years of interviews and ethnographic and archival research, the author delves into the ways Filipinos in Hawai'i have balanced their pursuit of upward mobility and mainstream acceptance with a desire to keep their Filipino identity.

Full description: 

Drawing on ten years of interviews and ethnographic and archival research, Roderick Labrador delves into the ways Filipinos in Hawai'i have balanced their pursuit of upward mobility and mainstream acceptance with a desire to keep their Filipino identity. In particular, Labrador speaks to the processes of identity making and the politics of representation among immigrant communities striving to resist marginalization in a globalized, transnational era. Critiquing the popular image of Hawai'i as a postracial paradise, he reveals how Filipino immigrants talk about their relationships to the place(s) they left and the place(s) where they've settled, and how these discourses shape their identities. He also shows how the struggle for community empowerment, identity territorialization, and the process of placing and boundary making continue to affect how minority groups construct the stories they tell about themselves, to themselves and others.

Biography: 

Roderick Labrador is an assistant professor of ethnic studies at the University of Hawai'i. He is the coauthor of Filipinos in Hawai'i, 19462006 and coeditor of Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipina/o America.

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