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At Home and in the FieldEthnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands$
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Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.001.0001

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When the Field Is Your Home

When the Field Is Your Home

Doing Advocacy Work and Academic Work in Hawai‘i

(p.70) When the Field Is Your Home
At Home and in the Field

Jonathan Y. Okamura

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter is a story of homework in political solidarity with Filipino communities in Hawai‘i struggling against racism and social inequality. Set in an inner-city area of Honolulu called Kalihi, the chapter combines the seemingly disparate concepts of fieldwork and advocacy in support of the Filipino American community. It recounts a highly controversial 1998 protest against a fictional award provided by the Asian American Studies (AAAS) for a novel that contained racist depictions of Filipinos, in order to illustrate a protest against anti-Filipino racism. The chapter calls for an “engaged anthropology”—sharing and support, teaching and public education, social critique, collaboration, advocacy, and activism—all of which are demonstrated to varying degrees in this chapter.

Keywords:   political solidarity, anti-Filipino racism, Filipino communities, Filipino Americans, Hawai‘i, Kalihi, advocacy, engaged anthropology, social inequality

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