The Strange Career of the Filipino “National”: Empire, Citizenship, and Racial Statecraft

Authored by: Rick Baldoz

The Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415738255
eBook ISBN: 9781315817514
Adobe ISBN: 9781317813927

10.4324/9781315817514.ch10

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Abstract

The United States’ bid for an overseas empire during the late nineteenth century greatly enlarged its territorial jurisdiction, and in doing so, raised some urgent questions about the shifting boundary lines of the national polity. The annexation of the Philippines attracted a disproportionate amount of attention in public debates surrounding the projection of U.S. sovereignty beyond its continental borders. Proponents of extraterritorial expansion believed that the acquisition of the Philippines would bolster the nation’s commercial and geo-political interests in Asia and elevate the standing of the United States vis-à-vis European powers. Opponents of extraterritorial expansion voiced concerns about a range of issues, including the political and the logistical costs associated with long-distance colonial rule and Filipino demands for national self-determination.

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