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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2006

HIS 357F • Filipinos in the United States-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40725 -TBA


Course Description

People, ideas and social movements have circulated between the United States and the Philippines over the course of the past century, especially after the Americans defeated the Spanish armada in the 1898 Battle of Manila and subsequently occupied the archipelago until 1946. Through military ties, cultural legacies and rhetoric, the colonial relationship persisted after the Philippines gained independence. We will examine how U.S. colonial and postcolonial cultures shaped Filipinos' lives in America. In secondary historical literature, primary source documents, fiction and essays, we will study the language used to enact, enforce and describe colonial power. How did the Philippine-American War and the U.S. policy of "benevolent assimilation" represent Filipinos as proper or unruly colonial subjects? How did Filipino immigrant's experience under U.S. tutelage shape their struggles for equality as ethnic minorities? How might we compare Filipino American social movements with those in the Philippines?

Grading Policy

1) a 500-word response paper (10%); 2) a take-home exam (20%); 3) a 500-word response paper (20%); 4) a seven-to-ten-page essay (30%); and 5) active and relevant class participation in discussion and assignments (20%).


Required readings may include: Carlos Bulosan, America Is in the Heart; Catherine Ceniza Choy, Empire of Care; Jessica Hagedorn, Dogeaters; Schirmer and Shalom, eds., The Philippines Reader; Velasco-Shaw and Francia, eds., Vestiges of War


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