The Burden of Globalization: Diasporic Dimensions in Peter Bacho’s Cebu and Elaine Castillo’s America Is Not the Heart

Hope Sabanpan-Yu

Abstract

This paper explores the experience of diasporic mobility in contemporary Philippine-American fiction. In novels such as Cebu by Peter Bacho and America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo, issues of culture and identity are not only foregrounded but also resignified as diasporic people encounter different situations where their sexuality, religion, gender, language and economic status realign along diverse ways and affect their lives in the new country. In a global community where diasporic experiences are provisional, one is able to explore more attentively how mobility changes, and continues to change, its nature and disrupt stable constructs of identity.

Keywords

literary liquidity; sexuality; religion; gender; mobilities; diaspora

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13185/KK2020.03510