Creating Masculinity in Los Angeles's Little Manila Working-Class Filipinos and Popular Culture, 1920s-1950s
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Description: In this new work, Linda Espaa-Maram analyzes the politics of popular culture in the lives of Filipino laborers in Los Angeles's Little Manila, from the 1920s to the 1940s. The Filipinos' participation in leisure activities, including the thrills of Chinatown's gambling dens, boxing matches, and the sensual pleasures of dancing with white women in taxi dance halls sent legislators, reformers, and police forces scurrying to contain public displays of Filipino virility. But as Espaa-Maram argues, Filipino workers, by flaunting "improper" behavior, established niches of autonomy where they could defy racist attitudes and shape an immigrant identity based on youth, ethnicity, and notions of heterosexual masculinity within the confines of a working class. Espaa-Maram takes this history one step further by examining the relationships among Filipinos and other Angeleos of color, including the Chinese, Mexican Americans, and African Americans. Drawing on oral histories and previously untapped archival records, Espaa-Maram provides an innovative and engaging perspective on Filipino immigrant experiences.
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Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/25/2006
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Linda Espana-Maram is associate professor of Asian American Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
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