Postcolonial Configurations: Dictatorship, the Racial Cold War, and Filipino America (Paperback)

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Postcolonial Configurations: Dictatorship, the Racial Cold War, and Filipino America (Paperback)

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In Postcolonial Configurations Josen Masangkay Diaz examines the making of Filipino America through the dynamics of dictatorship, coloniality, and subjectivity. Diaz explores how the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship and US policies during the Cold War that supported the regime defined the relationship between "Filipino" and "America" in ways that influenced the creation of a gendered and racialized Filipino American subject. By analyzing Philippine-US state programs for military operations, labor and immigration reform, and development and modernization plans, she shows how anticommunist liberalism and authoritarianism shaped the visibility and recognition of new forms of Filipino subjectivity. Tracing the rise of various social formations that emerged under the Marcos regime and US programs for liberal reform, from transnational Filipino and US culture and the immigrant returnee to the New Filipina woman and the humanitarian English teacher, Diaz positions literature, film, periodicals, and other cultural texts against official state records in ways that reconceptualize the meanings of Filipino America in the Cold War.
Josen Masangkay Diaz is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego.
Product Details ISBN: 9781478019350
ISBN-10: 1478019352
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2023
Pages: 232
Language: English