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American Workers, Colonial Power : Philippine Seattle and the Transpacific West, 1919-1941

American Workers, Colonial Power : Philippine Seattle and the Transpacific West, 1919-1941 - 03 edition

American Workers, Colonial Power : Philippine Seattle and the Transpacific West, 1919-1941 - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9780520230958

ISBN10: 0520230957

American Workers, Colonial Power : Philippine Seattle and the Transpacific West, 1919-1941 by Dorothy B. Fujita Rony - ISBN 9780520230958
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Published:
International: No
American Workers, Colonial Power : Philippine Seattle and the Transpacific West, 1919-1941 by Dorothy B. Fujita Rony - ISBN 9780520230958

ISBN13: 9780520230958

ISBN10: 0520230957

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03

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Summary

Historically, Filipina/o Americans have been one of the oldest and largest Asian American groups in the United States. In this pathbreaking work of historical scholarship, Dorothy B. Fujita-Rony traces the evolution of Seattle as a major site for Philippine immigration between World Wars I and II and examines the dynamics of the community through the frameworks of race, place, gender, and class. By positing Seattle as a colonial metropolis for Filipina/os in the United States, Fujita-Rony reveals how networks of transpacific trade and militarism encouraged migration to the city, leading to the early establishment of a Filipina/o American community in the area. By the 1920s and 1930s, a vibrant Filipina/o American society had developed in Seattle, creating a culture whose members, including some who were not of Filipina/o descent, chose to pursue options in the U.S. or in the Philippines.

Fujita-Rony also shows how racism against Filipina/o Americans led to constant mobility into and out of Seattle, making it a center of a thriving ethnic community in which only some remained permanently, given its limited possibilities for employment. The book addresses class distinctions as well as gender relations, and also situates the growth of Filipina/o Seattle within the regional history of the American West, in addition to the larger arena of U.S.-Philippines relations.

Author Bio

Fujita-Rony, Dorothy B. : University of California, Irvine

Dorothy B. Fujita-Rony is Associate Professor of the Asian American Studies Department and Affiliate to the History Department at the University of California, Irvine. She coedited Privileging Positions: The Sites of Asian American Studies (1995).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Note on Terminology
Introduction: The Role of Colonialism

Part One: CHARTING THE PACIFIC

1. Empire and Migration
2. Education in the Metropole

Part Two: WORKING THE AMERICAN WEST

3. Region and Labor
4. Crossings and Connections

Part Three:POWER AND CHOICE

5. Resistance, Return, and Organization
6. Insiders and Outsiders
Conclusion: The Past and the Furture
Notes
Bibliography
Index