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Eleanor Ty

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665075

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665075.001.0001

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The 1.5 Generation: Filipino Youth, Transmigrancy, and Masculinity

The 1.5 Generation: Filipino Youth, Transmigrancy, and Masculinity

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(p.3) 1 The 1.5 Generation: Filipino Youth, Transmigrancy, and Masculinity
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Unfastened
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Eleanor Ty

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665075.003.0001

This chapter examines two novels by Filipino American writers: Brian Ascalon Roley’s American Son and Han Ong’s Fixer Chao. These novels document the lives of Filipino immigrants facing prejudice, racism, and alienation. They also reveal a number of common negative effects of globalization on young Filipino Americans: the overvalorization of and desire for wealth, First World products, and material goods; overdetermined and unattainable ideals based on Hollywood models of masculinity and beauty; and emotional and psychic transnationalism. The 1.5-generation children who grow up in these situations often resort to violence, fraud, and trickery in order to validate their sense of self, to gain acceptance into the dominant culture, and to obtain what they perceive to be the rewards of those who pursue the American dream.

Keywords:   Brian Ascalon Roley, American Son, Han Ong, Fixer Chao, Filipino immigrants, global capitalism, globalization, transnationalism, 1.5-generation children, American dream

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