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The "Latinos" of Asia: How Filipinos Break the Rules of Race

Talk by Anthony C. Ocampo, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Cal Poly Pomona

Thursday, May 15, 2014
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CSRC Library – 144 Haines Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

In large metropolitan areas in California, Latinos and Asians collectively constitute the majority, a demographic shift that is reshaping the way children of immigrants are racially incorporated into American society. To date, race scholars treat Latinos and Asians as two distinct panethnic categories. This lecture examines how Filipino Americans, the largest Asian group in the state, disrupt this conventional divide and negotiate their racial identity within an emerging Latino-Asian racial spectrum, and how the cultural residuals of Spanish and U.S. colonialism affect how Filipinos racially position themselves vis-à-vis Latinos and Asians, the two fastest growing panethnic groups in the country. These findings have implications for better understanding how the racialization process is evolving as the United States moves beyond a black-white racial paradigm. 

Cost : Free and open to the public.

Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Center for the Study of International Migration, Chicano Studies Research Center

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