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Emergent Allies: Decolonizing Hawai‘i from a Filipin@ Perspective.

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Title:Emergent Allies: Decolonizing Hawai‘i from a Filipin@ Perspective.
Authors:Compoc, Kimberly M.
Contributors:English (department)
Date Issued:May 2017
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:This dissertation maps a critical terrain of anti-imperialist Filipin@s in Hawaiʻi from
1990-2015. I investigate those Filipin@ writers, community leaders and activists who take
seriously the role of (neo)colonialism in the ongoing fight for self-determination in both Hawaiʻi
and the Philippines. I pay particular attention to the influence of Hawaiian sovereignty
movement(s) on these contributions, while also investigating the way texts resist anti-Indigenous
racism, torture, war, (trans)misogyny, and global capitalism. My intervention marks a shift from
a framework of “Filipino Americans” arriving on “American soil,” to a history from below that
decenters the U.S. and prioritizes decolonial alliances.
This era is marked by several historical milestones including the 100-year anniversary of
the overthrow in 1993; the election of Hawaiʻi’s first Filipin@ American governor in 1994; the
100-year anniversary of the Philippine revolution in 1996; the 100-year anniversary of the
multiple annexations in 1998 (including Philippines and Hawaiʻi); and the 100-year anniversary
of the sakadas’ arrival to Hawaiʻi in 2006. This period also marks the wars on/of terror and the
attendant rise in mass surveillance, racialized torture, and deportation. I approached my archive
with attention to the historical circumstances within which they were produced, the historical
echoes of Filipin@ anti-colonial history, and the decolonial futures these artists, writers, and
community leaders envision.
I conceive of my dissertation as a kind of gathering of speech acts, both literary and
activist. My archive includes English print culture, oral history interviews, and autoethnography.
Plays and poetry serve a primary role in terms of traditional literary texts; I also include one
government report on torture, one documentary film, newspaper articles, fiction, and
commemorative documents. As this is a decolonial project, I also foreground Indigenous
perspectives through my analysis of several interviews I conducted with Hawaiian sovereignty
activist/protectors who have traveled to the Philippines. In terms of autoethnography, I
incorporate self-critique of my family’s relationship to U.S. empire in Hawaiʻi, the Philippines,
and the Middle East. As colonial violence is deeply gendered, I also attend to how agendas of
decolonization intersect with visions of gender and sexual liberation, reflecting on some of my
own work as a theater artist and demilitarization activist.
Description:Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2017.
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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