Friday, November 19, 2021


 Academic Works in Filipinx American/Diasporic Studies

By Vicente L. Rafael

(October 2021)


Since we're at the tail end of Filipino American History Month, I thought I’d list down what, in my opinion, are some of the more important academic works in Filipinx American/diasporic studies over the last couple of decades. Most of the lists I’ve seen have been mostly fiction and non-fiction books which, of course, deserve a lot of attention. But there are also academic works which might be useful. I’ve listed only single-authored books and not essays, and by folks based in the US (rather than in the Philippines, Japan or Europe) with one or two exceptions. Every list is ultimately arbitrary and idiosyncratic, and risks being exclusionary and parochial. They are like simple narratives that can go on and on. This one is no exception for which I hope you’ll forgive me. There are a lot of titles that should be here but which I’ve forgotten—please add to and correct the list as you see fit (especially by authors in other continents). One final note: there are forthcoming works by younger Filipinx scholars which many of us are looking forward to and which I hope to add to this list someday. So here goes:


Stephen Acabado, Antiquity, Archaeological Processes, and Highland Adaptation: The Ifugao Rice Terraces


Filomeno Aguilar, Jr., Migration Revolution: Philippine Nationhood and Class Relations in a Globalized Age (Kyoto Cseas Series on Asian Studies)


Leia Castañeda Anastacio, The Foundations of the Modern Philippine State: Imperial Rule and the American Constitutional Tradition, 1898–1935


Benedict Anderson, Why Counting Counts: A Study of Forms of Consciousness and Problems of Language in Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo


Warwick Anderson, Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines


Christine Balance, Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America


Nerissa Balce, Body Parts of Empire: Visual Abjection, Filipino Images, and the American Archive


Rick Baldoz, The Third Asiatic Invasion: Empire and Migration in Filipino America, 1898-1946


Victor Bascara, Model-Minority Imperialism


Jonathan Beller, Acquiring Eyes: Philippine Visuality, Nationalist Struggle and the World-Media System


Bobby Benedicto, Under Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene 


John Blanco, Frontier Constitutions: Christianity and Colonial Empire in the Nineteenth-Century Philippines (Asia Pacific Modern)


Rick Bonus, Locating Filipino Americans: Ethnicity and the Cultural Politics of Space

Lucy Burns, Puro Arte: On the Filipino Performing Body


Christopher Capozzola, Bound by War: How the United States and the Philippines Built America's First Pacific Century


Oliver Charbonneau, Civilizational Imperatives: Americans, Moros, and the Colonial World


Catherine Ceniza Choy, Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History


Lisandro Claudio, Liberalism and the Postcolony: Thinking the State in 20th-Century Philippines


Denise Cruz, Transpacific Femininities: The Making of the Modern Filipina


Deirdre de la Cruz, Mother Figured: Marian Apparitions and the Making of a Filipino Universal


Rene Ciria Cruz, Cindy Domingo, & Bruce Occena (Eds.), A Time to Rise: Memoirs of the Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong Pilipino (KDP) (Union of Democratic Filipinos) 


August Espiritu, Five Faces Of Exile:The Nation And Filipino American Intellectuals


Yen Espiritu, Home Bound: Filipino American Lives across Cultures, Communities, and Countries


Dorothy Fujita-Rony, American Workers, Colonial Power: Philippine Seattle and the Transpacific West, 1919-1941


Kale Fajardo, Filipino Crosscurrents: Oceanographies of Seafaring, Masculinities, and Globalization


Marco Garrido, The Patchwork City : Class, Space, and Politics in Metro Manila


Julian Go, American Empire and the Politics of Meaning: Elite Political Cultures in the Philippines and Puerto Rico during U.S. Colonialism


______(ed.) The American Colonial State in the Philippines: Global Perspectives

Vernadette Gonzalez, Empire's Mistress, Starring Isabel Rosario Cooper 


_______, Securing Paradise: Tourism and Militarism in Hawai’i and the Philippines


Theodore Gonzalvez, The Day the Dancers Stayed: Performing in the Filipino/American Diaspora


Micheal C. Hawkins, Making Moros: Imperial Historicism and American Military Rule in the Philippines' Muslim South 


_______, Semi-Civilized: The Moro Village at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition


Allan Isaac, American Tropics: Articulating Filipino America (Critical American Studies)


Paul Kramer, The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States, and the Philippines


Bliss Cua Lim, Translating Time: Cinema, the Fantastic, and Temporal Critique


Allan E.S. Lumba, Monetary Authorities: Capitalism and Decolonization in the American Colonial Philippines (forthcoming)


Michael McKann and George Lovell, Union by Law: Filipino American Labor Activists, Rights Radicalism, and Racial Capitalism (Chicago Series in Law and Society)


Rebecca Tinio McKenna, American Imperial Pastoral: The Architecture of US Colonialism in the Philippines


Steven McKay, Satanic Mills or Silicon Islands?: The Politics of High-Tech Production in the Philippines 


Dawn Mabalon, Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California


Deirdre McKay, Global Filipinos: Migrants' Lives in the Virtual Village 


Martin Manalansan Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora (Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and Lisa Lowe)


Manalansan, M. F., & Espiritu, A. F. (Eds.) (2016). Filipino studies: Palimpsests of nation and diaspora. New York University Press


Linda Espana-Maram, Creating Masculinity in Los Angeles’s Little Manila: Working-Class Filipinos and Popular Culture, 1920s-1950s


Alfred McCoy, Policing America's Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State


Victor Roman Mendoza, Metroimperial Intimacies: Fantasy, Racial‐Sexual Governance, and the Philippines in U.S. Imperialism, 1899–1913


Kevin Nadal, Filipino American Psychology - A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice,2nd Edition


Grace Nono, Babaylan Sing Back

Philippine Shamans and Voice, Gender, and Place


Anthony Ocampo, The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race 


Arnisson Andre Ortega, Neoliberalizing Spaces in the Philippines: Suburbanization, Transnational Migration, and Dispossession 


Rhacel Salazaar Parennas, Unfree: Migrant Domestic Work in Arab States


_______, Servants of Globalization: Migration and Domestic Work


________, Children of Global Migration: Transnational Families and Gendered Woes


Jan Padios, A Nation on the Line: Call Centers as Postcolonial Predicaments in the Philippines 


Oona Paredes, A Mountain of Difference: The Lumad in Early Colonial Mindanao


Eric Pido, Migrant Returns: Manila, Development, and Transnational Connectivity 


Joanna Poblete, Islanders in the Empire: Filipino and Puerto Rican Laborers in Hawaii


Joseph Ponce, Beyond the Nation: Diasporic Filipino Literature and Queer Reading


Sharon Quinsaat, Contentious Migrants: How Transnational Protests Create a Filipino Diaspora (forthcoming)


Vicente Rafael, White Love and Other Events in Filipino History


Rachel AG Reyes, Love, Passion and Patriotism: Sexuality and the Philippine Propaganda Movement, 1882-1892


Victoria Reyes, Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence, and Empire in Subic Bay, Philippines

Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, Migrants for Export


________, Filipino American Transnational Activism: Diasporic Politics among the Second Generation (Global Southeast Asian Diasporas)


Dylan Rodriguez, Suspended Apocalypse


Michael Salman, The Embarrassment of Slavery: Controversies over Bondage and Nationalism in the American Colonial Philippines


Sarita See, The Decolonized Eye: Filipino American Art and Performance


Angel Shaw and Luis Francia, Ed's, Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream 1899-1999


Neferti Tadiar, Remaindered Life (forthcoming)


______Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization (Post-Contemporary Interventions)


______, Fantasy Production: Sexual Economies and Other Philippine Consequences for the New World Order


Mary Talusan, Instruments of Empire: Filipino Musicians, Black Soldiers, and Military Band Music during US Colonization of the Philippines


Anthony Tiongson, et. al, (eds.), Positively No Filipinos Allowed: Building Communities and Discourse


Benito Vergara, Jr, Pinoy Capital: The Filipino Nation in Daly City


Oliver Wang, Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Bay Area






Vicente L. Rafael is a professor of Southeast Asian history at the University of Washington, Seattle. He received his B.A. in history and philosophy from Ateneo de Manila University in 1977 and his Ph.D. in history at Cornell University in 1984. Prior to teaching at the University of Washington, Rafael taught at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Currently, he sits on advisory boards of Cultural AnthropologyPublic Culture, and positions.

Source: Wikipedia  

More information also at University of Washington Department of History.



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