This introductory chapter describes how the book seeks to theorize a model of queer diasporic reading that tracks the ways that Filipino literature addresses multiple audiences at once, and how those addresses are mediated through gender, sexuality, eroticism, and desire. According to theorist Linda Hutcheon, diasporic Filipino literature does not lend itself to the construction of a “national” literary history whose consolidation would guarantee a sense of cultural legitimacy. Filipino literature in the United States has long been “diasporic” and “queer”; a dispersed, coreless tradition whose relation to conventional political and social histories has been inexplicit and ex-centric to the latter's normalizing dictates.
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