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Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora (Perverse Modernities)by Martin Manalansan
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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.
An ethnography of Filipino gay men in New York that explores their sexual and national identities.
About the Author
Martin F. Manalansan IV is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the editor of Cultural Compass: Ethnographic Explorations of Asian America and coeditor of Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism.
Table of Contents
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
An Elusive Glossary 199
Works Cited 205
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