Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men In The Diaspora
|Author||Martin F. Manalansan IV|
|Dimension||5 x 9|
Global Divas is a vivid ethnography of the global and transnational dimensions of gay identity as lived by Filipino immigrants in New York City. Martin Manalansan IV describes how Filipino gay immigrants, like many queers of color, are creating alternative paths to queer modernity and citizenship. Manalansan locates diasporic, transnational, and global facets 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 menís 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.
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