Building Communities and DiscourseEdited by Antonio T. Tiongson, Ric V. Gutierrez, and Ed V. Gutierrez
From the perspectives of ethnic studies, history, literary criticism, and legal studies, the original essays in this volume examine the ways in which the colonial history of the Philippines has shaped Filipino American identity, culture, and community formation. The contributors address the dearth of scholarship in the field as well as show how an understanding of this complex history provides a foundation for new theoretical frameworks for Filipino American studies.
"Taken together, the essays in Positively No Filipinos Allowed vigorously pursue Filipino American critique. They insist that the forgetting that renders the Filipino American 'lost to history' must be made visible and intelligible."
—Lisa Lowe, from the Foreword
"The primary strength of Positively No Filipinos Allowed is its overall theoretical and critical approach to analysis of the historical and contemporary Filipino experience in the United States. This is the ground-breaking anthology for which many scholars and students have been waiting decades. It will be viewed as the major edited work on Filipino Americans for years to come."
—Jonathan Y. Okamura, University of Hawai'i
"The essays deploy the notions of invisibility and forgetting, of transnationalism and disapora common to Filipino American studies, but more importantly the essays put them in relationship with each other....(Positively No Filipinos Allowed) successfully challenges us to look closely at Filipino American studies and what it might contribute to our understanding of Filipino America and beyond."
—The Journal of American Ethnic History
"On the whole, this is a thoughtful approach to charting Filipino-American research for the future."
"The book is effectively structured…a fine collection…with an exceptionally good introduction."
—The Journal of Asian American Studies
"For readers in the Philippines, the anthology provides a critical lens for understanding the ways in which Filipino American social formations are shaped and constituted not only by the social, economic, and political conditions in the United States but also by U.S. (neo) colonialism in the Philippines. Taken together, the essays in Positively No Filipinos Allowed vigorously challenge the specter of Filipino invisibility."
Founded by Sucheng Chan in 1991, the Asian American History and Culture series has sponsored innovative scholarship that has redefined, expanded, and advanced the field of Asian American studies while strengthening its links to related areas of scholarly inquiry and engaged critique. Like the field from which it emerged, the series remains rooted in the social sciences and humanities, encompassing multiple regions, formations, communities, and identities. Extending the vision of founding editor Sucheng Chan and emeriti editor Michael Omi, David Palumbo-Liu, K. Scott Wong and Linda Trinh Võ, series editors Cathy Schlund-Vials, Rick Bonus, and Shelley Sang-Hee Lee continue to develop a foundational collection that embodies a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to Asian American studies.