Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora / Edition 1

Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora / Edition 1

by Martin F. Manalansan IV
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822332175

ISBN-13: 9780822332176

Pub. Date: 12/10/2003

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

A vivid ethnography of the global and transnational dimensions of gay identity as lived by Filipino immigrants in New York City, Global Divas challenges beliefs about the progressive development of a gay world and the eventual assimilation of all queer folks into gay modernity. Insisting that gay identity is not teleological but fraught with fissures, Martin

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A vivid ethnography of the global and transnational dimensions of gay identity as lived by Filipino immigrants in New York City, Global Divas challenges beliefs about the progressive development of a gay world and the eventual assimilation of all queer folks into gay modernity. Insisting that gay identity is not teleological but fraught with fissures, Martin Manalansan IV describes how Filipino gay immigrants, like many queers of color, are creating alternative paths to queer modernity and citizenship. He makes a compelling argument for the significance of diaspora and immigration as sites for investigating the complexities of gender, race, and sexuality.

Manalansan locates diasporic, transnational, and global dimensions of gay and other queer identities within a framework of quotidian struggles ranging from everyday domesticity to public engagements with racialized and gendered images to life-threatening situations involving AIDS. He reveals the gritty, mundane, and often contradictory deeds and utterances of Filipino gay men as key elements of queer globalization and transnationalism. Through careful and sensitive analysis of these men’s lives and rituals, he demonstrates that transnational gay identity is not merely a consumable product or lifestyle, but rather a pivotal element in the multiple, shifting relationships that queer immigrants of color mobilize as they confront the tribulations of a changing world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822332176
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/10/2003
Series:
Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and Lisa Lowe
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,061,784
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction: Points of Departure 1

1 The Borders Between Bakla and Gay 21

2 Speaking in Transit: Queer Language and Translated Lives 45

3 "Out There": The Topography of Race and Desire in the Global City 62

4 The Biyuti and Drama of everyday Life 89

5 "To Play with the World": The Pageantry of Identities 126

6 Tita Aida: Intimate Geographies of Suffering 152

Conclusion: Locating the Diasporic Deviant/Diva 184

Notes 193

An Elusive Glossary 199

Works Cited 205

Index 219

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