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Filipino-Americans - Essay Example
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The migration of Filipinos to the US was basically determined in the past and at present by the desire of the US for cheap and efficient labor, a desire in keeping with capitalism's exploitative character and racist framework. My contention is: many Filipino-Americans have absorbed the dominant US culture, which prevents them from understanding the realities behind their own migration experience, decolonizing their thinking, and developing their unity with all poor people of color.
Unfortunately, most Filipinos have little or no access to the authentic history and fresh information on US aggression, exploitation and racism in the Philippines. I am one of the fortunate few who live and interact with a large community of Filipinos and progressive Filipino-American organizations, and have started to study the Philippines without the veil of the culture of the oppressor.
The following section of this paper will review the US invasion and occupation of the Philippines and the resulting waves of migration of Filipino workers and professionals to this country. It will explore, not only the socio-economic results, but also the cultural impact of US direct and indirect rule on the Filipino people's collective memories and consciousness.
Just before the end of the 19th century, America declared war on Spain. This was its first armed bid to make its presence felt in the Asia-Pacific Region. In reality the Spanish-American war was not so much a war as the scripted transfer of the Philippines and Cuba to the US, without loss of American or Spanish lives. ...
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