The contours of colonialism and cultural identity, along with socio-economic class and discrimination, create the uneven and violent relations within nations. Citizenship is only a paper-worked body-armor when it lives everyday in social relations anywhere.
Citizenship is hierarchical, violent, oppressive, and only live-able and do-able in any association to ‘happiness’ or ‘democracy’ by the privileged in social relations. These social relations are created psycho-socially, historically and through power-relations and the discourses of truth and identity playing out in the fragmented social fields that are our (post)colonial condition today.
Pinayism has provided a short psychological structural analysis of how discrimination against Amerasians in the United States and the Philippines creates itself and acts through people. It probes the process through which ‘other-ing’ and entitlement to violence and condescension plays out.
In examining the structures, we begin to finger in and expose pathways to a freedom that is not escapist or reactionary.
I think it is a good general beginning analysis of mainstream/vs. mixed subconscious and conscious acts everywhere, not only toward Filipino/a Amerasians.
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