As the ambiguity of “carework” suggests, Filipinos care for the physical well-being of their employers and also those employers’ emotional and psychic lives.19 works
“Citizenship is not just a matter of formal legal status; it is a matter of belonging...” ---Evelyn Nakano Glenn42 works
At a nexus of colonialism and neocolonialism for five centuries, Filipinos confront the legacies of colonial and imperial engagement in their daily lives.75 works
"Filipinos ... did not necessarily move through borders, but rather, borders continually enfolded them.” --- Allan Punzalan Isaac65 works
How have digital and new media technologies created new social and creative possibilities that have transformed the lives of Filipinos and others around the world?32 works
"[Slow violence] is neither spectacular nor instantaneous [but plays out in] a host of other slowly unfolding environmental catastrophes." --- Rob Nixon89 works
“The bare brown bosoms ... were markers of savagery, colonial desire, and a justification for Western imperial rule.” --- Nerissa Balce86 works
"We had to find some way not only of retaining, but rediscovering, our culture." -- Joel Jacinto, Kayamanan ng Lahi performing arts group7 works
A “labor brokerage state ... actively prepares, mobilizes, and regulates its citizens for migrant work abroad.” --- Robyn Magalit Rodriguez67 works
"All foreign influences were not adopted outright, but adapted ... just as they were transformed in other areas of culture ..." - Doreen Fernandez, "Why Sinigang?"22 works
"Remembering and telling the truth about terrible events are prerequisites both for the restoration of the social order and for the healing of individual victims." --- Judith...19 works
"Queerness is that thing that lets us feel that this world is not enough, that indeed something is missing." --- José Esteban Muñoz63 works
"The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay." --- Chinua Achebe2 works
Filipinos transform, deliberately and accidentally, the spaces that they enter and leave, unsettling national imaginaries and material spaces.24 works
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A fourth-generation Japanese American, Vince Schleitwiler grew up in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, and has lived in South London, Brooklyn, Seattle, and the boondocks of Western Massachusetts before returning to the homeland—Southern California. After receiving the greater part of his education from student-of-color organizers at Oberlin College and the University of Washington, he now teaches and writes in comparative ethnic studies. His first book, Strange Fruit of the Black Pacific: Imperialism’s Racial Justice and Its Fugitives, explores the intersecting migrations of African Americans, Japanese Americans, and Filipinos across US imperial domains from the 1890s to the 1940s, and is under contract at NYU Press. His writing has appeared in African American Review, Amerasia Journal, and the Village Voice.
Click here for his scholar-in-residence blog, "City of Refuge."
“Lost Afro-Asian Worlds: Black/Filipino Speculative Histories” is an experimental public humanities project, focusing on the radical imagination of black and Filipino transpacific imagination across the 20th century. Its work, centered on a blog (“City of Refuge”), is guided by three broad questions: How did these migrants—black soldiers, educators, and intellectuals in the colony; Filipino students, laborers, and radicals in the metropole—imagine the future? What relationship did the worlds they imagine have to those groups who might be imagined as their legatees, including Afro-Filipinos on both sides of the Pacific and later waves of Filipino transpacific migration? What might blackness and Filipino-ness come to mean in a world beyond white supremacy?