Legitimizing Empire: Filipino American and U.S. Puerto Rican by Faye Caronan

By Faye Caronan

When the USA received the Philippines and Puerto Rico, it reconciled its prestige as an empire with its anticolonial roots via claiming that it's going to altruistically identify democratic associations in its new colonies. Ever in view that, Filipino and Puerto Rican artists have challenged gives you of benevolent assimilation and painting U.S. imperialism as either self-interested and unexceptional between empires.


Faye Caronan's exam translates the pivotal engagement of novels, movies, functionality poetry, and different cultural productions as either signs of and resistance opposed to American army, social, fiscal, and political incursions. even though the Philippines turned an autonomous kingdom and Puerto Rico a U.S. commonwealth, either stay subordinate to the us. Caronan's juxtaposition finds diverse but simultaneous versions of U.S. neocolonial energy and contradicts American exceptionalism as a reluctant empire that simply accepts colonies for the good thing about the colonized and worldwide welfare. Her research, in the meantime, demonstrates how pop culture permits substitute narratives of U.S. imperialism, but additionally services to comprise these alternatives.

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The illusion of choice in the current era of globalization masks how globalization reproduces colonial inequalities between wealthy former empires and poor former colonies. The Philippines and Puerto Rico choose to develop their tourist industries because this seems to be an easier way to bring in foreign money than borrowing money from international institutions at high interest rates. Tourists from wealthier former imperial powers can choose to visit poorer former colonies because they have the resources to travel with ease internationally, whereas it is difficult financially and logistically for many residents of former colonies to visit wealthier, former imperial powers.

Military base that has been converted into a leisure escape for the wealthy) American studies scholar Vernadette Gonzalez argues that cheap Filipina labor is the site where the continuities between the colonial period and neocolonial period become visible. 39 The privilege that tourists to the Philippines enjoy depends on the trainability of Filipino workers, and they are trainable precisely because of their economic vulnerability caused by neocolonial economic policies. In postcolonial countries the tourism industry is constructed as a benevolent creator of sorely needed job opportunities.

Raymond Williams argues that though most counterhegemonic work is historical, this work seldom connects those excluded histories to the present and thus makes little impact. According to Williams, connecting the past to the present is vital because it is at these points of connection “where a version of the past is used to ratify the present and to indicate directions for the future, that a selective tradition is at once powerful and vulnerable. S. Puerto Rican cultural productions. S. exceptionalism.

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