Elaine Laforteza teaches in the School of Communication in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her new book, The Somatechnics of Whiteness and Race: Colonialism and Mestiza Privilege is now available through Routledge (ISBN: 9781472453075). She has also volunteered for the not-for-profit organisation, Gawad Kalinga (GK), which aims to eradicate poverty. Since 2002, she has written for the Filipino-Australian newspaper, The Philippine Community Herald on topics that examine embodiment and identity politics, particularly in the context of Type 1 diabetes, Australian multiculturalism and community development. She has also published in academic journals on the topics of race, colonialism and Asian-Australian relations, particularly in context to Filipino-Australians. For her work on merging academic research with community activism, she has been awarded the ‘Distinguished Service, Young Alumni’ award from Macquarie University (2011), and a ‘Global Filipino Youth Award for Academics/Education’ from Global Filipinos Australia (2008).