When compared to hundreds of years of spanish rule, America’s colonial stint in the Philippines seems relatively brief. And yet, in that short a time, radical changes were enacted in Philippine society whose impact continues to be felt today. This anthology addresses how the colonial ambitions and ideals of the United States in the early twentieth century were encountered and interpreted by their Filipino subjects, often in ways that neither could expect or fully appreciate. The essays collected here — on such diverse subjects as medicine, education, lawmaking, immigration, racism, family life and gay culture — show how Filipinos from the turbulent early years of occupation and war, up to the modern exodus of migrant workers, have engaged discursively with the American influence in more ways than we admit.
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