Sexualised Citizenship

A Cultural History of Philippines-Australian Migration

  • Shirlita Africa Espinosa

Part of the Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia book series (GSCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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    Pages 1-9
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    Pages 11-28
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    Pages 29-46
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    Pages 61-80
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 237-261

About this book


This book considers the intersections of race, gender and class in multicultural Australia through the lens of migration to the country. Focusing on Philippines-born migration, it presents the profile and history of this minority group through an examination of their print material culture over the last 40 years. Particularly, it examines the growth of the production of Filipino cultural identity and the politics of community building in relation to the sexualisation of their acquired citizenship. Given the promotion of Australia as a modern, multicultural, Western nation in the Asia-Pacific region, the book questions the bases on which this claim stands using the example of Filipino settlement in Australia. Considering the social contradictions that continue to shape multicultural politics in Australia, it examines how the community makes sense of its migration through print material culture. The book analyses the community’s responses to their minoritisation to understand how Filipino-Australian migration— the affective and economic appropriation of women’s labour—is instructive of the social reality of millions in the global diaspora today. Based on archival and ethnographic research, this text straddles the interdisciplinary fields of gender and cultural studies, and is a key read for all scholars of Asian and Australian area studies.


race, gender and class in Australia Migration and Filipino cultural identity racialised and gendered marginalisation in migration Filipino settlement in Australia Migration and the politics of community building Minorities and print material culture multicultural politics in Australia Australian multiculturalism and marriage migration

Authors and affiliations

  • Shirlita Africa Espinosa
    • 1
  1. 1.LuxembourgvilleLuxembourg

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