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Frontmatter

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CONTENTS

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Chapter 1. A Repeated Turning

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pp. 1-22

One will hear the joke told, eventually, though it hardly ever sounds like one. It’s almost always delivered casually, thrown out like an off-hand rhetorical question, as a matter of incontestable fact. “You know why it’s always foggy in Daly City, right? Because all the Filipinos turn on their rice cookers at the same time.” This particuar teller of the joke (Wally, a news-...

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Chapter 2. Little Manila

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pp. 23-45

If you drive down California’s Skyline Highway a little too fast, you might miss Daly City altogether. Bordering San Francisco to its south, Daly City, like much of suburban America, stretches its boundaries into the next town, in a diffuse mass of tract housing—varying in age, cost, architecture, and prestige—that extends from the Sunset District in San Francisco all the...

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Chapter 3. Looking Forward: Narratives of Obligation

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pp. 46-79

When he was 11, Wally Curameng1 dreamed of coming to America. His cousins, who were his earliest childhood playmates, immigrated to the United States. “Even then,” he told me, “I was already excited to come here to the States because my cousins, they’d write, they’d send pictures—it’s like this in the United States, it’s great in the...

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Chapter 4. Spreading the News: Newspapers and Transnational Belonging

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pp. 80-108

If the desire for transnationality is embedded in Filipino immigrant lives, it is perhaps most prominently displayed in the pages of a newspaper. The Philippine News, a Filipino weekly newspaper based in South San Francisco, California, is the most politically influential of all Filipino newspapers in the United States and also one of the oldest. It is the most widely circulated...

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Chapter 5. Looking Back: Indifference, Responsibility, and the Anti-Marcos Movement in the United States

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pp. 109-133

The tension between the desire to demonstrate immigrant achievement and the need for political awareness may be directed “forward” to the United States or, more importantly, “back” to the Philippines. I argue that the call to remembrance, to a kind of nationalism outside of the country’s borders, is integral to understanding the Filipino community. The...

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Chapter 6. Betrayal and Belonging

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pp. 134-160

Many scholars have used the push-pull model of migration, but it has been criticized for its neo-functionalism and assumption of discrete, autonomous receiving and sending states (Rouse 1992). Rouse adds that “the emphasis on a bipolar framework has obscured the ways in which many settlers . . . have managed to maintain active involvements with the people...

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Chapter 7. Citizenship and Nostalgia

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pp. 161-191

If the immigrant predicament requires the careful balancing of obligations to homeland and new home—as manifested in the acts of turning and turning back—then it is made all the more difficult by perceptions of betrayal. Citizenship, or the act of naturalization, is one of the more definitive acts that can foreclose the possibility of “turning back.” To become an...

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Chapter 8. Pinoy Capital

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pp. 192-205

On a summer day in 1931, the writer Carlos Bulosan stood on the deck of a ship after almost a month in steerage and saw America for the first time. He felt he had come home. We arrived in Seattle on a June day. My first sight of the approaching land was an exhilarating experience. Everything seemed native and promising to me. It was like coming home after a long voyage, although...

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pp. 207-214

Index

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pp. 215-220