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 strains the evolution of Seattle as an important website for Philippine immigration among international Wars I and II and examines the dynamics of the group in the course of the frameworks of race, position, gender, and sophistication. via positing Seattle as a colonial city for Filipina/os within the usa, Fujita-Rony finds how networks of transpacific exchange and militarism inspired migration to town, resulting in the early institution of a Filipina/o American group within the region. through the Twenties and Thirties, a colourful Filipina/o American society had constructed in Seattle, making a tradition whose individuals, together with a few who weren't of Filipina/o descent, selected to pursue innovations within the U.S. or within the Philippines.Fujita-Rony additionally exhibits how racism opposed to Filipina/o americans resulted in consistent mobility into and out of Seattle, making it a middle of a thriving ethnic neighborhood within which just some remained completely, given its constrained chances for employment. The booklet addresses category differences in addition to gender kinfolk, and likewise situates the expansion of Filipina/o Seattle in the neighborhood historical past of the yankee West, as well as the bigger area of U.S.-Philippines family members.
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Extra resources for American Workers, Colonial Power: Philippine Seattle and the Transpacific West, 1919-1941
60 In fact, mobility would become a distinctive feature of the Filipina/o American experience not just because of the ﬂuidity of the transpaciﬁc The Role of Colonialism 17 economy but also because of the growth of the regional economy of the American West. Unlike the Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans who earlier faced exclusion (the Chinese in 1882 and the Japanese in 1907), Filipina/o Americans had easy access to the United States until the passage of the Tydings-McDufﬁe Act in 1934, for until that point, they were “nationals” and were not required to possess passports to enter the United States.
Typically, the United States shipped manufactured products overseas and shipped in raw materials and other goods that required heavy inputs of labor from abroad. However, the Philippine economy was so dependent on the United States economy that it even had to bring in goods traditionally produced in the Philippines. As a measure of how thoroughly the Philippine economy was geared to the American economy, even access to food and clothing was altered by American rule. Formerly an exporter of rice, the Philippines had to regularly import the grain after the 1870s, as well as the textiles needed to make clothing for its people, in contrast to the commonly held rule that the ﬂow of raw materials and goods is always from the colony to the colonizer.
That’s what you call a green country. ”60 Seattle was also blessed with an excellent harbor. 63 Another major boost to Seattle’s governing role in the regional economy was its relationship to Alaska. 64 Seattle’s maritime trade increased rapidly following the 1897 Klondike gold rush. 65 Canned salmon later emerged as the main commodity moving from Alaska to Seattle. 66 Seattle’s popularity was further strengthened by its position as a transit center. 68 On a regional level, the numerous railroad lines that used Seattle as a depot further bolstered the city’s position as a way station.
American Workers, Colonial Power: Philippine Seattle and the Transpacific West, 1919-1941 by Dorothy B. Fujita-Rony