Thursday, October 18, 2012
Featuring Rick Baldoz's Book: The Third Asiatic Invasion: Empire and Migration in Filipino America, 1898-1946
In honor of October as Filipino American History Month (as I wrote previously), I want to highlight a relatively recent book by Professor Rick Baldoz (Oberlin College).
His book, The Third Asiatic Invasion: Empire and Migration in Filipino America, 1898-1946, was published by NYU in 2011.
Baldoz's main argument "is that incorporation of Filipinos into American society played an important role in shaping the politics of citizenship and race during an important period in U.S history."
A very interesting book, it covers, among other things, the period during which the Philippines was a U.S. territory and the underlying racialized reasons that led the U.S. government to confer U.S. national status and not citizenship to Filipinos.
I strongly recommend the book.