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Visualizing Diasporic Filipina/o Identities in .45 Kaliber Proof

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As an alternative media form, zines give voice to marginalized communities where the creators articulate ideologies and experiences often overlooked in mainstream society. This article examines Filipina/o diasporic identity construction through a visual and textual analysis of .45 Kaliber Proof, a zine created in the early 2000s by Anakbayan Seattle, a progressive Filipina/o American youth organization. Zines have become a counter-hegemonic space where politically-based Filipina/o diasporic identities are made visible. In analyzing the layouts, texts, and images of various issues, two overarching themes emerge in the zine: a reflection of the Filipina/o American community in the US and a connection between the history and conditions of the Philippines to the Filipina/o diaspora in the United States. These themes ultimately led to a retelling of the Filipina/o experience, transforming .45 Kaliber Proof into a tool to subvert the current hegemonic culture in the Philippines and the US.

Affiliations: 1: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Mānoa, hi, USA,


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