Global divas: Filipino gay men in the diaspora

Martin F. Manalansan

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Abstract

A vivid ethnography of the global and transnational dimensions of gay identity as lived by Filipino immigrants in New York City, Global Divas challenges beliefs about the progressive development of a gay world and the eventual assimilation of all queer folks into gay modernity. Insisting that gay identity is not teleological but fraught with fissures, Martin Manalansan IV describes how Filipino gay immigrants, like many queers of color, are creating alternative paths to queer modernity and citizenship. He makes a compelling argument for the significance of diaspora and immigration as sites for investigating the complexities of gender, race, and sexuality.

Manalansan locates diasporic, transnational, and global dimensions of gay and other queer identities within a framework of quotidian struggles ranging from everyday domesticity to public engagements with racialized and gendered images to life-threatening situations involving AIDS. He reveals the gritty, mundane, and often contradictory deeds and utterances of Filipino gay men as key elements of queer globalization and transnationalism. Through careful and sensitive analysis of these men’s lives and rituals, he demonstrates that transnational gay identity is not merely a consumable product or lifestyle, but rather a pivotal element in the multiple, shifting relationships that queer immigrants of color mobilize as they confront the tribulations of a changing world.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationDurham
PublisherDuke University Press
Number of pages240
ISBN (Print)9780822332046, 9780822332176
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2003

Publication series

NamePerverse Modernities

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  • Prizes

    AAAS Book Award (Honorable Mention)

    Martin Fajardo Manalansan (Recipient), 2003

    Prize

    AQA Ruth Benedict Book Prize

    Martin Fajardo Manalansan (Recipient), 2003

    Prize

    Cite this

    Manalansan, M. F. (2003). Global divas: Filipino gay men in the diaspora. (Perverse Modernities). Duke University Press. https://doi.org/10.1215/9780822385172