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Militarized CurrentsToward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific$
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Setsu Shigematsu and Keith L. Camacho

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665051

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665051.001.0001

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Militarized Filipino Masculinity and the Language of Citizenship in San Diego

Militarized Filipino Masculinity and the Language of Citizenship in San Diego

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Militarized Currents

Theresa Cenidoza Suarez

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the multiple and competing meanings of heteronormative manhood among Filipino navy veterans and their families living in San Diego, California since the mid-1940s. More specifically, it considers how Filipino masculinity is constructed within a transnational context overshadowed by U.S. military culture and imperialism. It also explores how Filipino militarized masculinity emerges as a necessary and tenuous construction and not exclusively as a male-gendered or male-gendering project. It argues that Filipino masculinity is constituted through the co-constructions of heteronormative womanhood and childhood, roles imagined and lived within a transnational domestic sphere inescapably militarized and domesticated. It also looks at the regulation of Filipino-American migration to the United States through processes of militarization, which it contends constitutes what it calls “militarized diaporas”. The chapter concludes by discussing how the U.S. Navy makes available to Filipinos the rhetorical language of citizenship in terms of “patriotic duty,” regardless of legal and social citizenship.

Keywords:   manhood, Filipinos, navy veterans, San Diego, masculinity, United States, militarization, U.S. Navy, citizenship, patriotic duty

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