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 ancient scholarship, Dorothy B. Fujita-Rony strains the evolution of Seattle as a huge website for Philippine immigration among international Wars I and II and examines the dynamics of the group throughout 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 Twenties and Nineteen 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 ideas within the U.S. or within the Philippines.Fujita-Rony additionally indicates 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 constrained probabilities for employment. The publication addresses category differences in addition to gender relatives, and in addition situates the expansion of Filipina/o Seattle in the neighborhood background of the yank 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
According to Thelma Buchholdt, at the beginning of the twentieth century, the United States Army started building communication cables in both the Philippines and Alaska, and Filipino crew members actually went to Alaska to apply knowledge they had acquired in the Philippines. S. cable ship Burnside lay cables linking Seattle to parts of southeast Alaska. S. Navy, particularly because its racial and gender restrictions favored the employment of men of color in service positions. ” Two thousand Filipinos served in the navy by 1917.
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. The Great Northern, the Northern Paciﬁc, the Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company (the Union Paciﬁc), and other domestic railroad lines stopped in the city. 69 Seattle’s position as a transportation nexus directly affected the ﬂow of Filipina/os to the city. In addition, because transportation charges were highly proﬁtable, agents from shipping lines would recruit prospective emigrants, thus further promoting migration.
22 That same year, Major General J. Franklin Bell established concentration camps in Batangas and gave residents two weeks to relocate to them. Those who refused were labeled as rebels. Inside the camp, Filipina/os faced malaria, dengue fever, and other diseases and were denied adequate clothing and food. Outside the camp, many did not survive the onslaught of the American military. 24 There was also signiﬁcant anti-imperialist activity by African Americans, who saw parallels in treatment of people of color at home and overseas.
American Workers, Colonial Power: Philippine Seattle and the Transpacific West, 1919-1941 by Dorothy B. Fujita-Rony