Essays challenging conventional narratives of Filipino American history and culture
Positively No Filipinos Allowed
Building Communities and Discourse
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edited by Antonio T. Tiongson, Jr., Edgardo V. Gutierrez and Ricardo V. Gutierrez, foreword by Lisa Lowe
From the perspectives of ethnic studies, history, literary criticism, and legal studies, the original essays in this volume examine the ways in which the colonial history of the Philippines has shaped Filipino American identity, culture, and community formation. The contributors address the dearth of scholarship in the field as well as show how an understanding of this complex history provides a foundation for new theoretical frameworks for Filipino American studies.
"The primary strength of Positively No Filipinos Allowed is its overall theoretical and critical approach to analysis of the historical and contemporary Filipino experience in the United States. This is the ground-breaking anthology for which many scholars and students have been waiting decades. It will be viewed as the major edited work on Filipino Americans for years to come."
"The essays deploy the notions of invisibility and forgetting, of transnationalism and disapora common to Filipino American studies, but more importantly the essays put them in relationship with each other....[Positively No Filipinos Allowed] successfully challenges us to look closely at Filipino American studies and what it might contribute to our understanding of Filipino America and beyond."
"On the whole, this is a thoughtful approach to charting Filipino-American research for the future."
"The book is effectively structured…a fine collection…with an exceptionally good introduction."
"For readers in the Philippines, the anthology provides a critical lens for understanding the ways in which Filipino American social formations are shaped and constituted not only by the social, economic, and political conditions in the United States but also by U.S. (neo) colonialism in the Philippines. Taken together, the essays in Positively No Filipinos Allowed vigorously challenge the specter of Filipino invisibility."
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Foreword Lisa Lowe
Part I. Imperial Legacies and Filipino Subjectivities
Part II. Public Policy, Law, and the Construction Of Filipinos
Part III. Reconfiguring the Scope of Filipino Politics
Part IV. Resignifying "Filipino American"
Antonio T. Tiongson, Jr. is a doctoral candidate in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on Filipino youth cultural politics.
Edgardo V. Gutierrez is an engineer who earned his B.S. from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and actively maintains his independent studies in Ethnic Studies.
Ricardo V. Gutierrez is a Strategic Consulting and Investment Management Industry Professional who earned his B.S. from San Francisco State University.
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