New books from my friends
It’s always excited to celebrate the publishing of new books in Filipino Studies. It’s especially excited when the books are by dear friends and colleagues.
Associate Professor of History at San Francisco State University, Dawn B. Mabalon, just came out with her book, Little Manila is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California.
Also coming out this month is Vernadette V. Gonzalez’s book Securing Paradise: Tourism and Militarism in Hawai’i and the Philippines. She is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. Vernadette and I not only met in graduate school and became friends, we also collaborated on two major projects while we were both at UC Berkeley (Dette was in Ethnic Studies, I was in the Sociology department). The first piece we worked on was a book chapter entitled, “Filipina.com: Wives, Workers and Whores on the Cyberfrontier” in Asian America.net: Ethnicity, Nationalism and Cyberspace. That essay got republished in An Introduction to Women’s Studies: Gender in a Transnational World by Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan. The second was, “Asian American Auto / Biographies: The Gendered Limits of Consumer Citizenship in Import Subcultures,” a book chapter in Alien Encounters: Popular Culture in Asian America edited by Mimi Nguyen and Thuy Tu. I had a fantastic time working with Vernadette. I attribute my development as an Ethnic Studies and Feminist Studies scholar in part to our working relationship. She challenged my somewhat narrow disciplinary sensibilities and introduced me to a whole host of scholars that I was not reading in my PhD program. Vernadette is incredibly sharp and I’m sure the book will make huge ripples in the field.
My book may not be as fun as Dawn’s and Vernadette’s but it may intrigue some of you. I will be posting on my book, Migrants for Export on my blog. I’ll elaborate more on academic terms that non-academic readers may not be familiar with as well as some provide some “behind the scenes” discussion on my field research. Please make sure to send me an email if you have specific questions.