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Building Filipino Hawai'i$
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Roderick N. Labrador

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038808

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038808.001.0001

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“Why do you want to go to Hawai‘i?”

“Why do you want to go to Hawai‘i?”

(p.1) Introduction “Why do you want to go to Hawai‘i?”
Building Filipino Hawai'i

Roderick N. Labrador

University of Illinois Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book follows the struggles of contemporary Filipino immigrants to physically and figuratively build community, where they enact a politics of incorporation built on race, ethnicity, class, culture, and language. It focuses on two sites of building and representation, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu. At these two sites, the book focuses on the narratives and discourses about “home” and “homeland.” In particular, it asks how immigrants talk about their relationships to the place(s) they left and the place(s) to which they have settled and, consequently, how these discourses shape their identities and politics.

Keywords:   Filipino communities, Filipinos, Hawaiʻi, community building, immigrants, University of Hawaiʻi, Filipino Community Center

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