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 lines the evolution of Seattle as a big web site for Philippine immigration among international Wars I and II and examines the dynamics of the group during the frameworks of race, position, gender, and sophistication. by means of positing Seattle as a colonial city for Filipina/os within the usa, Fujita-Rony finds how networks of transpacific exchange and militarism inspired migration to town, resulting in the early institution of a Filipina/o American group within the quarter. via the 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 american citizens 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 constrained chances for employment. The booklet addresses type differences in addition to gender family, and likewise situates the expansion of Filipina/o Seattle in the local background of the yankee West, as well as the bigger area of U.S.-Philippines relatives.
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Extra info for American Workers, Colonial Power: Philippine Seattle and the Transpacific West, 1919-1941
51 The fact that heterosexual nuclear family formations were not the dominant mode meant not the absence of “family” but that the circumstances of pre–World War II Filipina/o Seattle privileged other kinds of familial relationships. Both men and women in Filipina/o Seattle operated within kin networks that were constructed, if not through immediate family connections, then through extended families or ﬁctive kinship links that were typically reinforced by ties to the same village, town, or region of origin.
The realities were far more complex, as suggested by Ruﬁna Clemente Jenkins’s story, which spans both Spanish and American colonization of the Philippines. Ruﬁna Clemente Jenkins was born in Naga, Nueva Caceres, in the Philippines, in 1886. Her father was “Castilian Spanish”; her mother was Filipina. Although her family planned to send her to Spain for school, her education was interrupted by the SpanishAmerican War. Following the American conquest, the United States sent different troops to the Philippines, ﬁrst white soldiers, then men of color.
In response to the dominance of the “bachelor society” model, I hope to contribute to a more expansive understanding of the familial nature of these male-male relationships. 52 Another reason that it is important to critique popular Asian American migration models is the reliance on studying Chinatowns to delineate Asian American community studies. “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.