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The Third Asiatic Invasion: Empire and Migration in Filipino America, 1898-1946


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The first half of the twentieth century witnessed a wave of Filipino immigration to the United States, following in the footsteps of earlier Chinese and Japanese immigrants, the first and second "Asiatic invasions." Perceived as alien because of their Asian ethnicity yet legally defined as American nationals granted more rights than other immigrants, Filipino American national identity was built upon the shifting sands of contradiction, ambiguity, and hostility.

Rick Baldoz explores the complex relationship between Filipinos and the U.S. by looking at the politics of immigration, race, and citizenship on both sides of the Philippine-American divide: internationally through an examination of American imperial ascendancy and domestically through an exploration of the social formation of Filipino communities in the United States. He reveals how American practices of racial exclusion repeatedly collided with the imperatives of U.S. overseas expansion. A unique portrait of the Filipino American experience, The Third Asiatic Invasion links the Filipino experience to that of Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Chinese and Native Americans, among others, revealing how the politics of exclusion played out over time against different population groups.

Weaving together an impressive range of materials — including newspapers, government reports, legal documents and archival sources — into a seamless narrative, Baldoz illustrates how the quixotic status of Filipinos played a significant role in transforming the politics of race, immigration and nationality in the United States.


"Baldoz has made a difficult period in the Filipino American saga understandable." — M.P. Onorato, Choice

About the Author

Rick Baldoz is assistant professor of sociology at Oberlin College.

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Baldoz, Rick
New York University Press
Ethnic Studies - Asian American Studies
United States - 20th Century
Ethnic Studies-Asian American
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History and Social Science » Asia » Philippines
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Asian American
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
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