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Queering the Global Filipina BodyContested Nationalisms in the Filipina/o Diaspora$
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Gina K. Velasco

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043475

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043475.001.0001

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Queer Necropolitics and the Afterlife of US Imperialism

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Queering the Global Filipina Body

Gina K. Velasco

University of Illinois Press

Beginning with a discussion of the mainstream US news coverage of the 2016 mass shooting at a Latinx party at Pulse (an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida), this chapter connects Puerto Rico to the Philippines through Allan Isaac’s notion of “American tropics.” US empire is intimately tied to trans and queer necropolitics, exemplified by the 2014 murder of Jennifer Laude (a Filipina trans woman) by Joseph Scott Pemberton, a white US Marine. However, queer and trans analyses are often elided within anti-imperialist scholarship and social movements. Inversely, a critique of empire is often missing from mainstream US queer and trans politics. Ultimately, this chapter calls for an integration of anti-imperialist politics with queer and trans social movements, especially within Filipina/o American diasporic nationalisms

Keywords:   Pulse mass shooting, US imperialism, queer and trans necropolitics, American tropics, Filipina/o American diasporic nationalisms

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