All Immigrants are Mexicans, Only Blacks are Minorities, But Some of Us are Brave: Race, Multiculturalism, and Postcolonial Studies in U.S. Education

Roland Sintos Coloma


This article highlights the tense and productive spaces that emerge when issues of race, diversity, and imperialism converge in education. It is grounded in the experiences of Filipino/a Americans, the second largest Asian American ethnic group in the United States whose country of ancestry was under United States colonial rule for over 40 years and whose diasporic conditions continue to be shaped by the legacies of Western colonialism. Mobilizing insights from the field of Ethnic Studies, it analyzes the multicultural writings of James Banks and the postcolonial projects of Henry Giroux and Cameron McCarthy. By juxtaposing multicultural and postcolonial studies through an examination of Filipino/a American realities, the article argues for a more complex and nuanced understanding of historical narrations and national belonging. It concludes with potential directions for transnational, intersectional, and comparative research in education.

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