As the ambiguity of “carework” suggests, Filipinos care for the physical well-being of their employers and also those employers’ emotional and psychic lives.19 works
“Citizenship is not just a matter of formal legal status; it is a matter of belonging...” ---Evelyn Nakano Glenn42 works
At a nexus of colonialism and neocolonialism for five centuries, Filipinos confront the legacies of colonial and imperial engagement in their daily lives.75 works
"Filipinos ... did not necessarily move through borders, but rather, borders continually enfolded them.” --- Allan Punzalan Isaac65 works
How have digital and new media technologies created new social and creative possibilities that have transformed the lives of Filipinos and others around the world?32 works
"[Slow violence] is neither spectacular nor instantaneous [but plays out in] a host of other slowly unfolding environmental catastrophes." --- Rob Nixon89 works
“The bare brown bosoms ... were markers of savagery, colonial desire, and a justification for Western imperial rule.” --- Nerissa Balce86 works
"We had to find some way not only of retaining, but rediscovering, our culture." -- Joel Jacinto, Kayamanan ng Lahi performing arts group7 works
A “labor brokerage state ... actively prepares, mobilizes, and regulates its citizens for migrant work abroad.” --- Robyn Magalit Rodriguez67 works
"All foreign influences were not adopted outright, but adapted ... just as they were transformed in other areas of culture ..." - Doreen Fernandez, "Why Sinigang?"22 works
"Remembering and telling the truth about terrible events are prerequisites both for the restoration of the social order and for the healing of individual victims." --- Judith...19 works
"Queerness is that thing that lets us feel that this world is not enough, that indeed something is missing." --- José Esteban Muñoz63 works
"The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay." --- Chinua Achebe2 works
Filipinos transform, deliberately and accidentally, the spaces that they enter and leave, unsettling national imaginaries and material spaces.24 works
Karen Tongson is a cultural critic, writer and queer studies scholar. She is the author of Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (New York University Press, 2011), co-editor of the book series, Postmillennial Pop (with Henry Jenkins) at NYU Press, and co-editor-in-chief of The Journal of Popular Music Studies (with Gustavus Stadler). She is also the events editor for the journal American Quarterly. Born in Manila, Philippines on August 23, 1973 to one of the nation's founding families of Latin jazz—the Katindig family—Tongson immigrated to the US in the early 1980s and became a U.S. citizen in 1989.
Tongson is currently an Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California, where she teaches courses on gender and sexuality, popular culture, comparative minority discourse, suburban sexualities, empires and regionalism, California cultures, queer studies, and nineteenth-century British literature.
She received her B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1995, and her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. After receiving her Ph.D., Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral fellowship in Literature at the University of California, San Diego (2003-2005), and a postdoctoral fellowship with the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) at the University of California, Irvine (2004-2005). From 2007-2010, Tongson collaborated on the blog OH! INDUSTRY with other co-founders Christine Bacareza Balance and Alexandra Vazquez. Oh! Industry has been acknowledged as a groundbreaking scholarly blog about popular culture, race and sexuality.
Tongson's work has appeared in a range of print and online publications, including Social Text, GLQ, Nineteenth-Century Literature, You Offend Me, You Offend My Family, Social Text: Periscope, In Media Res, and anthologies such as Pop When the World Falls Apart (Duke UP, 2012), Queering the Popular Pitch (Routledge, 2006), and The Blackwell Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies (2007), as well as in the French magazine, les Incrockuptibles.