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 important website for Philippine immigration among international Wars I and II and examines the dynamics of the neighborhood 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 exchange and militarism inspired migration to town, resulting in the early institution of a Filipina/o American group within the region. by means of the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, a colourful Filipina/o American society had constructed in Seattle, making a tradition whose contributors, together with a few who weren't of Filipina/o descent, selected to pursue suggestions within the U.S. or within the Philippines.Fujita-Rony additionally indicates how racism opposed to Filipina/o americans 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 restricted chances for employment. The booklet addresses classification differences in addition to gender family members, and in addition situates the expansion of Filipina/o Seattle in the nearby historical past of the yankee West, as well as the bigger enviornment of U.S.-Philippines kin.

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58 Seattle had many natural advantages in building up this Pacific Rim trade. It had a grain hinterland on the east up to the Rocky Mountains, a fruit hinterland in the Puget Sound region, irrigated lands to the east of the Cascade Mountains, a nearby timber hinterland, and a fish hinterland from Puget Sound up to the Bering Sea. 59 This productivity enticed potential emigrants. Felipe G. Dumlao was attracted to Seattle because of its “green” reputation: “Oh, strawberry I heard it . . [was one of ] the products of Washington.

56 The preeminence of Seattle’s port was also the result of aggressive Empire and Migration 37 Map 2. The Great Circle route. management by the Port of Seattle, a municipal corporation created in 1911. The Port of Seattle substantially developed its port facilities and was better prepared than San Francisco to accept the traffic flow generated by the crisis of World War I. At that point, Seattle undercut rates to become the least expensive port on the West Coast. By 1916, it was the most important West Coast port in terms of “dollar volume,” a position it held for the next five years.

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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