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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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Building Filipino Hawai'i

Roderick N. Labrador

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores the relationship between language, identity, and politics, and Filipino responses to broader racializing discourses. Where do language and identity fit in Filipino identity territorializations? How do Filipinos present themselves to each other and how do they present themselves to a society that sees them as somewhat familiar but primarily assigns them a cultural and linguistic otherness? Using the Katipunan Club at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, it analyzes events that employ a nationalist ideology of language and identity that equates one language, “Filipino/Tagalog,” with one nation-state, “the Philippines,” to create one people, “Filipino.” In short, language serves a critical role in shaping identity territorializations in terms of how the boundaries of the social group are defined and what political interests are deemed meaningful and important.

Keywords:   language, identity, politics, Filipinos, racializing discourse, identity territorialization, social groups

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