Building Diaspora: Filipino Cultural Community Formation on the Internet

Building Diaspora: Filipino Cultural Community Formation on the Internet

by Emily Noelle Ignacio

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The dramatic growth of the Internet in recent years has provided opportunities for a host of relationships and communities—forged across great distances and even time—that would have seemed unimaginable only a short while ago.

In Building Diaspora, Emily Noelle Ignacio explores how Filipinos have used these subtle, cyber, but very real social connections to construct and reinforce a sense of national, ethnic, and racial identity with distant others. Through an extensive analysis of newsgroup debates, listserves, and website postings, she illustrates the significant ways that computer-mediated communication has contributed to solidifying what can credibly be called a Filipino diaspora. Lively cyber-discussions on topics including Eurocentrism, Orientalism, patriarchy, gender issues, language, and "mail-order-brides" have helped Filipinos better understand and articulate their postcolonial situation as well as their relationship with other national and ethnic communities around the world. Significant attention is given to the complicated history of Philippine-American relations, including the ways Filipinos are racialized as a result of their political and economic subjugation to U.S. interests.

As Filipinos and many other ethnic groups continue to migrate globally, Building Diaspora makes an important contribution to our changing understanding of "homeland." The author makes the powerful argument that while home is being further removed from geographic place, it is being increasingly territorialized in space.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813537443
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 12/22/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 313 KB

About the Author

EMILY NOELLE IGNACIO is an assistant professor of sociology at Loyola University in Chicago. She has published articles on the effect of media technologies on communities in the Sociological Quarterly, Journal of the American Society for Information Science, and Library Trends.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Preface: Why Filipinos? Chapter One: Introduction Filipino Community Formation on the Internet Chapter Two: Problematizing Diaspora: If Nation, Culture, and Homeland Are Constructed, Why Bother with Diasporic Identity? Chapter Three: Selling Out One’s Culture: The Imagined Homeland and Authenticity Chapter Four: “Ain’t I a Filipino (Woman)?”: Filipina as Gender Marker Chapter Five: Laughter in the Rain: Jokes as Membership and Resistance Chapter Six: E Pluribus or E Pluribus Unum?: Can There Be Unity in Diversity? Appendix A: Studying the Definition of “Filipino” Appendix B: You May Be Married to a Filipina If Appendix C: Are You Really Filipino? Notes References Index About the Author

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