Anthony C. Ocampo. Assistant Professor of Sociology, Cal Poly Pomona
Monday, February 9, 12:00pm
The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race
Mass migration from Latin America and Asia is dramatically changing the racial landscape of our nation. In California, Latinos and Asians already collectively constitute the majority in large metropolitan areas, 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. In this presentation, Professor Ocampo 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.
Drawing on interviews and survey data of Filipino Americans in Southern California, Professor Ocampo demonstrates how multiethnic contexts interact with historical factors to influence Filipino racial formation. I argue that 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.
Dr. Anthony Ocampo is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona. His award-winning research and teaching focuses on the experiences of minority groups in the United States. He has published research on the cultural and educational experiences of Latinos, Asian Americans, and LGBT people in the U.S. in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Latino Studies, and Journal of Asian American Studies. He is currently working on two books on immigration, which are under contract with Stanford University Press and NYU Press.