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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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“You Filipino, ya?”

“You Filipino, ya?”

(p.132) “You Filipino, ya?”
At Home and in the Field

Roderick N. Labrador

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter illustrates the complexities of being an “insider anthropologist” as a Filipino man among Filipino communities in Hawai‘i. Through the author's experience, the chapter finds that the meaning of “being Filipino” is not essential or pregiven, but can shift in different geographic and cultural contexts. The interactions presented in this chapter depict ways in which individuals (and communities) align themselves according to the conditions and particularities of a historical moment, suggesting that “Filipino” identity is a fundamentally contested category. They also underscore the situations, positions, and negotiations in the identity formation process, revealing not only the mobility of identities but also their motility.

Keywords:   Filipino identity, Filipino communities, Hawai‘i, Filipino man, identity formation

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