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The Day the Dancers Stayed: Performing in the Filipino/American Diaspora [NOOK Book]

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Pilipino Cultural Nights at American campuses have been a rite of passage for youth culture and a source of local community pride since the 1980s. Through performances?and parodies of them?these celebrations of national identity through music, dance, and theatrical narratives reemphasize what it means to be Filipino American. In The Day the Dancers Stayed, scholar and performer Theodore Gonzalves uses interviews and participant observer techniques to consider the relationship between the invention of ...

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

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Overview

Pilipino Cultural Nights at American campuses have been a rite of passage for youth culture and a source of local community pride since the 1980s. Through performances—and parodies of them—these celebrations of national identity through music, dance, and theatrical narratives reemphasize what it means to be Filipino American. In The Day the Dancers Stayed, scholar and performer Theodore Gonzalves uses interviews and participant observer techniques to consider the relationship between the invention of performance repertoire and the development of diasporic identification.

Gonzalves traces a genealogy of performance repertoire from the 1930s to the present. Culture nights serve several functions: as exercises in nostalgia, celebrations of rigid community entertainment, and occasionally forums for political intervention. Taking up more recent parodies of Pilipino Cultural Nights, Gonzalves discusses how the rebellious spirit that enlivened the original seditious performances has been stifled.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592137305
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 9/25/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 228
  • File size: 342 KB

Meet the Author

Theodore S. Gonzalves is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 
Prologue 
Introduction 
1. The Art of the State: Inventing Philippine Folkloric Forms (Manila, 1934) 
2. “Take It from the People”: Dancing Diplomats and Cultural Authenticity (Brussels, 1958) 
3. Dancing into Oblivion: The Pilipino Cultural Night (Los Angeles, 1983) 
4. Repetitive Motion: The Mechanics of Reverse Exile (San Francisco, 1993) 
5. Making a Mockery of Everything We Hold True and Dear: Exploring Parody with Tongue in a Mood’s PCN Salute (San Francisco, 1997) 
Conclusion 
Epilogue: Memoria 
Notes 
Bibliography 
Index

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