Filipinos Represent: DJs, Racial Authenticity, and the Hip-hop Nation by Antonio T. Tiongson Jr.Filipinos Represent: DJs, Racial Authenticity, and the Hip-hop Nation by Antonio T. Tiongson Jr.

Filipinos Represent: DJs, Racial Authenticity, and the Hip-hop Nation

byAntonio T. Tiongson Jr.

Paperback | July 1, 2013

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The “Hip-hop Nation” has been scouted, staked out, and settled by journalists and scholars alike. Antonio T. Tiongson Jr. steps into this well-mapped territory with questions aimed at interrogating how nation is conceptualized within the context of hip-hop. What happens, Tiongson asks, to notions of authenticity based on hip-hop’s apparent blackness when Filipino youth make hip-hop their own?

Tiongson draws on interviews with Bay Area–based Filipino American DJs to explore the authenticating strategies they rely on to carve out a niche within DJ culture. He shows how Filipino American youth involvement in DJing reconfigures the normal boundaries of Filipinoness predicated on nostalgia and cultural links with an idealized homeland. Filipinos Represent makes the case that while the engagement of Filipino youth with DJ culture speaks to the broadening racial scope of hip-hop—and of what it means to be Filipino—such involvement is also problematic in that it upholds deracialized accounts of hip-hop and renders difference benign.

Looking at the ways in which Filipino DJs legitimize their place in an expressive form historically associated with African Americans, Tiongson examines what these complex forms of identification reveal about the contours and trajectory of contemporary U.S. racial formations and discourses in the post–civil rights era.

Antonio T. Tiongson Jr. is assistant professor of American studies at the University of New Mexico. He is coeditor of Positively No Filipinos Allowed: Building Communities and Discourse.
Title:Filipinos Represent: DJs, Racial Authenticity, and the Hip-hop NationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:July 1, 2013Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816679398

ISBN - 13:9780816679393


Table of Contents


Introduction: Claiming Hip-hop
1. The African Americanization of Hip-hop
2. The Racialization of DJ Culture
3. "The Scratching is What Got Me Hooked": Filipino American DJS in the Bay Area
4. "DJing as a Filipino Thing": Negotiating Questions of Race
5. The Normative Boundaries of Filipinoness
Conclusion: Reimagining the Hip-hop Nation


Editorial Reviews

Filipinos Represent boldly asks what is at stake in defining the public meanings of hip-hop, identifying the stakes of hip-hop as an ethnic and racial practice that elucidates how Filipino American DJs experience race. Particularly compelling about Tiongson Jr.’s research are the interviews he provides with practitioners of the craft. Their narratives and his contextualization of what meanings accrue around these symbols and performative modes are rich and nuanced.—Anita Mannur, Miami University of Ohio