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First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


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First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

7 review for Imagining the Filipino American Diaspora: Transnational Relations, Identities, and Communities

  1. 4 out of 5

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    This book’s main argument is that Filipinos in the United States should be considered a diasporic rather than immigrant community, and that diasporas are socially constructed. He argues that diasporas are not “primarily the result of macroeconomic processes of international labor migration or transnational capital” but rather result from human agency – the imagined communities created by the Filipinos in their new locations. I am critical of the author’s over-emphasis on the agency of the commun This book’s main argument is that Filipinos in the United States should be considered a diasporic rather than immigrant community, and that diasporas are socially constructed. He argues that diasporas are not “primarily the result of macroeconomic processes of international labor migration or transnational capital” but rather result from human agency – the imagined communities created by the Filipinos in their new locations. I am critical of the author’s over-emphasis on the agency of the communities rather than the process of colonialism they are resisting, challenging, or engaging. Most of the book establishes the author’s intervention and argument. My favorite chapter analyzed the 1930s writings of Filipino anthropologist Roman R. Cariaga. The final chapter which examined how the “imagined community” of the Filipino diaspora was created was also quite good.

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  7. 4 out of 5

    John Phillips

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