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By Vicente L. Rafael

In this wide-ranging cultural and political background of Filipinos and the Philippines, Vicente L. Rafael examines the interval from the onset of U.S. colonialism in 1898 to the emergence of a Filipino diaspora within the Nineties. Self-consciously adopting the essay shape as a mode with which to disrupt epic conceptions of Filipino background, Rafael treats in a condensed and concise demeanour clusters of ancient aspect and reflections that don't simply healthy right into a better entire. White Love and different occasions in Filipino History is therefore a view of nationalism as an risky creation, as Rafael unearths how, less than what situations, and with what results the concept that of the country has been produced and deployed within the Philippines.
With a spotlight at the contradictions and ironies that suffuse Filipino historical past, Rafael delineates the a number of ways in which colonialism has either inhabited and enabled the nationalist discourse of the current. His themes variety from the colonial census of 1903-1905, during which a racialized imperial order imposed by way of the U.S. got here into touch with an emergent progressive nationalism, to the pleasures and anxieties of nationalist id as evinced within the upward thrust of the Marcos regime. different essays learn elements of colonial domesticity during the writings of white girls through the first decade of U.S. rule; the makes use of of images in ethnology, warfare, and portraiture; the movement of rumor in the course of the jap career of Manila; the copy of a hierarchy of languages in pop culture; and the spectral presence of diasporic Filipino groups in the geographical region. A critique of either U.S. imperialism and Filipino nationalism, White Love and different occasions in Filipino History creates a feeling of epistemological vertigo within the face of former makes an attempt to realize and grasp Filipino identity.
This quantity may still turn into a useful paintings for these attracted to Southeast Asian stories, Asian-American experiences, postcolonial experiences, and cultural studies.

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