Dorothy B. Fujita-Rony's American Workers, Colonial Power: Philippine Seattle and the PDF

By Dorothy B. Fujita-Rony

Traditionally, Filipina/o americans were one of many oldest and biggest Asian American teams within the usa. during this pathbreaking paintings of old scholarship, Dorothy B. Fujita-Rony lines the evolution of Seattle as a massive website for Philippine immigration among global Wars I and II and examines the dynamics of the group in the course of the frameworks of race, position, gender, and sophistication. through positing Seattle as a colonial city for Filipina/os within the usa, Fujita-Rony unearths how networks of transpacific exchange and militarism inspired migration to the town, resulting in the early institution of a Filipina/o American neighborhood within the quarter. by way of the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties, a colourful Filipina/o American society had constructed in Seattle, making a tradition whose participants, together with a few who weren't of Filipina/o descent, selected to pursue strategies within the U.S. or within the Philippines.Fujita-Rony additionally exhibits how racism opposed to Filipina/o americans ended in consistent mobility into and out of Seattle, making it a middle of a thriving ethnic group within which just some remained completely, given its restricted percentages for employment. The e-book addresses category differences in addition to gender relatives, and in addition situates the expansion of Filipina/o Seattle in the nearby heritage of the yankee West, as well as the bigger enviornment of U.S.-Philippines kin.

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Through an 1854 treaty, Japan was required to open its ports to the United States; by 1882 the United States gained entry to the Korean economy after Japan 30 Charting the Pacific secured a treaty with Korea. S. 14 The United States was not alone in its imperial ambitions. In establishing itself in the Pacific, the United States, like Germany, was contesting the expansive British Empire. German plantations in Samoa, utilizing workers from the Marshalls, New Britain, and the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, were one manifestation of this jockeying for position.

57 American West studies also remind us to consider carefully the role of region in relation to race. Another reason that Filipina/o Seattle is rendered less visible is the city’s particular racial configuration. Unlike in other parts of the American mainland, most people of color in this region prior to World War II were not African Americans or Chicana/os but Asian Americans and Native Americans. 58 However, not only has there been a historical focus on relations between African Americans and whites on a national level, reflecting the demographics of the United States as a whole, but until recent decades there also has been a lack of established studies on Asian Americans.

43 The recent emphasis on diaspora studies, driven particularly by the expansion of scholars studying transnationalism in Filipina/o American studies, has redirected our attention to the critical role of the Philippines and Asia as a whole, helping us to move beyond American nationalist perspectives. ”44 Such studies urge us to pay close attention to the multiple sites of interaction for Filipina/o American communities both in the United States and in the Philippines, and to the contested nature of cultural practices and community formation as illustrated by Mislang’s experience.

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