Event Title

Using Filipino American National Democratic Activism as a Lens for Redressing American Empire in the Philippines

Location

King Building 239

Start Date

4-27-2018 5:30 PM

End Date

4-27-2018 6:50 PM

Abstract

Historical justice projects have emerged within the past 20 to 30 years throughout the world in an attempt to rectify perpetrations throughout history, tackling apartheid, slavery, genocide, and colonialism. However, U.S. imperialism—a term that rarely emerges in American discourse—is a crime that has not seen justice, let a lone the light of day. This study specifically addresses the issue of American empire in the Philippines and how Filipino national democratic activists in the United States from the 1970s to the present have advocated against U.S. imperialism—which they argue continued in the decades beyond the Philippines’ formal declaration of independence in 1946. The aim of this study is to extrapolate from the strategies, actions, and missions of the national democratic organizations, Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong (1973-1986) and Anakbayan (1998-present) to propose how to make the United States accountable for 120 years of empire, and how the legacies and ongoing operations of U.S. empire can be rectified and stopped.

Keywords:

Philippines, United States, empire, imperialism, National Democratic, KDP, Anakbayan

Notes

Session VII, Panel 20 - Postwar | Asia
Moderator: Renee Romano, Professor and Chair of History, Professor of Comparative American Studies and Africana Studies

Major

History; English

Advisor(s)

Shelley Lee, History
Harrod Suarez, English

Project Mentor(s)

Shelley Lee, History

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Apr 27th, 5:30 PM Apr 27th, 6:50 PM

Using Filipino American National Democratic Activism as a Lens for Redressing American Empire in the Philippines

King Building 239

Historical justice projects have emerged within the past 20 to 30 years throughout the world in an attempt to rectify perpetrations throughout history, tackling apartheid, slavery, genocide, and colonialism. However, U.S. imperialism—a term that rarely emerges in American discourse—is a crime that has not seen justice, let a lone the light of day. This study specifically addresses the issue of American empire in the Philippines and how Filipino national democratic activists in the United States from the 1970s to the present have advocated against U.S. imperialism—which they argue continued in the decades beyond the Philippines’ formal declaration of independence in 1946. The aim of this study is to extrapolate from the strategies, actions, and missions of the national democratic organizations, Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong (1973-1986) and Anakbayan (1998-present) to propose how to make the United States accountable for 120 years of empire, and how the legacies and ongoing operations of U.S. empire can be rectified and stopped.