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

By Dorothy B. Fujita-Rony

Traditionally, Filipina/o american citizens 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 during the frameworks of race, position, gender, and sophistication. by means of 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 region. by means of 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 indicates how racism opposed to Filipina/o american citizens 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 percentages for employment. The booklet addresses type differences in addition to gender family members, and likewise situates the expansion of Filipina/o Seattle in the neighborhood background of the yankee West, as well as the bigger enviornment of U.S.-Philippines kin.

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As Daniel Doeppers notes, however, the trade relationship of the Philippines and the United States protected both parties from outside competition, particularly by the levying of tariffs. For example, by the end of the 1920s, the Philippines received the greatest amount of cotton cloth exported by the United States. When Japan’s superior textile manufacturing proved threatening to the United States’ interests in the 1930s, taxes were imposed on Japanese imports into the Philippines. 38 As the elite groups were able to make some economic gains with the American colonial government, many Filipina/os grew even poorer.

Along with Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans, they often occupied areas such as Chinatowns, and the groups regularly labored together in racialized spaces in the American West, for example, in the salmon canning industry and agriculture. In other ways, though, the experience of Filipina/o Americans was unlike that of other groups from Asia, and it is important to question their “fit” within the dominant model that describes successive waves of Asian immigrants coming to the United States.

Was one of ] the products of Washington. Potatoes, . . apples, . . 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.

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