In the last decade, there has been a steady and welcome issuance of monographs that reveal the hidden histories and contributions of contemporary Filipino American music and performance, including Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns’s Puro Arte, Oliver Wang’s Legions of Boom, Christine Bacareza Balance’s Tropical Renditions, and Karen Tongson’s Why Karen Carpenter Matters. Like its contemporaries, Manifest Technique confronts racism and indifference through an in-depth analysis of the performances, texts, communities, and practices of diasporic Filipino American culture, which have always resisted any easy formulas of cultural essentialism and traditionalism. Manifest Technique pursues this shared agenda through the coordinates of hip hop as multifaceted cultural production, “Filipinoness” as racialized register of immigrant identity, and American imperial legacies of militarized and racialized violence.

Though ostensibly preoccupied with a minority cultural identity within the particular genre of hip hop, Manifest Technique is actually concerned with the much larger historical-political context of...

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