Diasporic Intimacies

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Publication Date
November 2017
Page Count
288 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Diasporic Intimacies

Queer Filipinos and Canadian Imaginaries
Edited by Robert Diaz, Marissa Largo, and Fritz Pino

Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos and Canadian Imaginaries is the first edited volume of its kind, featuring the works of leading scholars, artists, and activists who reflect on the contributions of queer Filipinos to Canadian culture and society.

As it foregrounds the experiences of diasporic Filipinos outside of the United States, Diasporic Intimacies also acknowledges the role that Canada plays in learning about the vibrant articulations of kinship, intimacy, and culture that many Filipinos enact in this settler colonial space. Through the lens of sexuality and gender, this groundbreaking collection investigates how diasporic communities engage with the Canadian nation-state, which continues to discipline our notions of difference through official policies of multiculturalism.

Addressing a wide range of issues beyond the academy, its contributors ultimately present a rich and under-studied archive of personal reflections, in-depth interviews, creative works, and scholarly essays. Such a trandsdisciplinary approach enables them to highlight the need for queer, transgressive, and utopian practices that render visible histories of migration, empire building, settler colonialism, and globalization.

Timely, urgent, and fascinating, Diasporic Intimacies offers an accessible entry point for readers who seek to pursue critically engaged community work, arts education, curatorial practice, and socially inflected research on sexuality, gender, and race in this ever-changing world.
About the Author

ROBERT DIAZ is an assistant professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. His scholarship, teaching, and community work center on the experiences of queer, racialized, and diasporic communities in the Philippines, the United States, and Canada.

MARISSA LARGO is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. In 2013, she was awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

FRITZ PINO is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. He is a lead researcher of the Toronto-based Filipino Elderly Well-being Project and serves as a program coordinator for seniors at the Silayan Filipino Community Centre.

"Diasporic Intimacies is, without question, an ambitious and important collection that draws together new archives that illuminate the cultural productions, performances, histories, and experiences of queer Filipinos/as in Canada. This formally innovative anthology provides rich material for students and scholars of queer studies, Asian North American studies, performances studies, and diaspora studies." —Denise Cruz, author of Transpacific Femininities: The Making of the Modern Filipina