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 an enormous web site for Philippine immigration among global Wars I and II and examines the dynamics of the group throughout the frameworks of race, position, gender, and sophistication. via positing Seattle as a colonial city for Filipina/os within the usa, Fujita-Rony unearths how networks of transpacific alternate and militarism inspired migration to the town, resulting in the early institution of a Filipina/o American group within the region. by way of the Twenties and Thirties, a colourful Filipina/o American society had built in Seattle, making a tradition whose contributors, together with a few who weren't of Filipina/o descent, selected to pursue techniques within the U.S. or within the Philippines.Fujita-Rony additionally exhibits how racism opposed to Filipina/o americans ended 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 restricted chances for employment. The booklet addresses classification differences in addition to gender family members, and likewise situates the expansion of Filipina/o Seattle in the neighborhood heritage of the yankee West, as well as the bigger area of U.S.-Philippines relatives.

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Chinatowns,” the study of which emphasizes the urban experience of Asian Americans, are critical sites to examine because they represent a space of interaction between the mainstream American public and the immigrant communities that blossomed in major cities such as San Francisco. 53 There has not been enough research on people’s movement in and through these demarcated spaces, or on the economic, social, cultural, and political relationships that connected these urban sites to rural ones. Most crucially, in the case of Filipina/o Americans during the pre–World War II period, permanent residence in an urban, ethnic space was less typical, since most Filipina/o Americans were not only nonurban but also nonstationary.

74 This book is an attempt to chart those inequalities and injustices and, by doing so, to pay tribute to the strength and spirit of these pioneers who contributed so much to Seattle and the American West. At the same time, however, although this 22 Introduction book owes a great debt to close examinations of communities in the United States, in other ways it has a different political focus. This book analyzes the role of colonial power in the lives of a group of American workers within the United States empire.

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. 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.

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