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Building Diaspora

Filipino Cultural Community Formation on the Internet

Emily Noelle Ignacio (author)

ISBN: 9780813535142

Publication Date: Feb 2005

Format: Paperback

Emily Noelle Ignacio explores how Filipinos have used the Internet's subtle, cyber, but very real social connections to construct and reinforce a sense of national, ethnic, and racial identity with distant others.
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The dramatic growth of the Internet in recent years has provided opportunities for a host of relationships and communities-forged across great distances and even time-that would have seemed unimaginable only a short while ago. In Building Diaspora, Emily Noelle Ignacio explores how Filipinos have used these subtle, cyber, but very real social connections to construct and reinforce a sense of national, ethnic, and racial identity with distant others. Through an extensive analysis of newsgroup debates, listserves, and website postings, she illustrates the significant ways that computer-mediated communication has contributed to solidifying what can credibly be called a Filipino diaspora. Lively cyber-discussions on topics including Eurocentrism, Orientalism, patriarchy, gender issues, language, and "mail-order-brides" have helped Filipinos better understand and articulate their postcolonial situation as well as their relationship with other national and ethnic communities around the world. Significant attention is given to the complicated history of Philippine-American relations, including the ways Filipinos are racialized as a result of their political and economic subjugation to U.S. interests. As Filipinos and many other ethnic groups continue to migrate globally, Building Diaspora makes an important contribution to our changing understanding of "homeland." The author makes the powerful argument that while home is being further removed from geographic place, it is being increasingly territorialized in space. Our notions of identity are growing more ephemeral, but they are becoming no less intricate or meaningful.
Pages 208
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 28 Feb 2005
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Religious Studies   Technology: general issues   Judaism  
Emily Noelle Ignacio is an assistant professor of sociology at Loyola University in Chicago. She has published articles on the effect of media technologies on communities in The Sociological Quarterly, Journal of the American Society for Information Science, and Library Trends.

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