Hip Hop, Empire, and Visionary Filipino American Culture
An obscured vanguard in hip hop
Filipino Americans have been innovators and collaborators in hip hop since the cultures early days. But despite the success of artists like Apl.de.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas and superstar producer Chad Hugo, the genres significance in Filipino American communities is often overlooked. Mark R. Villegas considers sprawling coast-to-coast hip hop networks to reveal how Filipino Americans have used music, dance, and visual art to create their worlds. Filipino Americans have been exploring their racial position in the world in embracing hip hops connections to memories of colonial and racial violence. Villegas scrutinizes practitioners language of defiance, placing the cultural grammar of hip hop within a larger legacy of decolonization.
An important investigation of hip hop as a movement of racial consciousness, Manifest Technique shows how the genre has inspired Filipino Americans to envision and enact new ideas of their bodies, their history, and their dignity.
"Manifest Technique brilliantly demonstrates how to place Filipino American choreography, lyrics, and crew allegiances at the heart of our study of hip hop as a cultural vernacular. Villegas invites us to listen deep and to consider how these expressive forms carry forward memories, desires, and critiques."--Theodore S. Gonzalves, author of The Day the Dancers Stayed: Performing in the Filipino/American Diaspora
Publication of this book was supported in part by funding from the Franklin & Marshall College Office of College Grants Resource Fund administered by the Office of the Provost.
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