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Imagining the Filipino American Diaspora : Transnational Relations, Identities, and Communities (Asian Americans: Reconceptualizing Culture, History, Politics)

Jonathan Y. Okamura. Imagining the Filipino American Diaspora : Transnational Relations, Identities, and Communities (Asian Americans: Reconceptualizing Culture, History, Politics) Authors:Jonathan Y. Okamura.
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The Philippines play a major role in expanding the international Filipino community through its promotion of international labor migration-Filipinos can currently be found in over 130 countries throughout the world. As the first major work to conceive of Filipino immigration as a diaspora, this study analyses the diasporic nature of Filipino relations, identities, and communities and shows how these transnational phenomena are socially constructed by the everyday actions and activities of Filipino Americans. Instead of focusing on an ethnic minority and its relation to its host society, a diasporic perspective places emphasis on the transnational relations created and maintained among that minority, its homeland, and other diasporic communities. Transnational ties are evident in the movement of people, money, consumer goods, information, and ideas. Diaspora represents a new and fluid conceptual image quite apart from the usual coordinates based on physical location, territory,...

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