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Instructor Info:Richard Chu
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 103
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 103
Description: Is the United States an "empire"? Today, US political, military, and economic involvement in many parts of the world such as Afganistan makes this an urgent and important question. This course addresses the issue of American imperial power by examining the history of U.S. presence in the Pacific, particularly in the Philippine Islands, during the first half of the twentieth-century, and by comparing it with that of two other imperial powers that also colonized the Philippines - Spain and Japan. We will also investigate how indigenous peoples negotiated, manipulated, resisted, or thwarted attempts by colonial and post-colonial dominant groups to control their minds, bodies, and resources, especially through racial and gendered classifications. Themes to be discussed include religion, ethnicity, gender, imperialism, colonialism, orientalism, post-colonialism, neo-colonialism, and nationalism.