Lecture 19 - 2.12.10

Lecture 19 - 2.12.10 - 2nd December 2010 SEAS 1 Lecture 19...

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2 nd December 2010 SEAS 1 – Lecture 19 The United States and Southeast Asia Background: Attitudes toward the United States in SEA : Indonesia in 2003, 15% of Indonesians had a positive view of the US (after invasion of Iraq). Most US involvement in the area has to do with warfare, so most people have negative views of the US. 2007 in Malaysia there is only a 27% positive view towards the US. Although there is generally a more positive view of Americans as people as opposed to the American government. Pre-Cold War History o Jefferson and Rice : in 1787, Jefferson was the American ambassador to France at a time when a delegation from Vietnam showed up in France looking for assistance in a military struggle. Thomas Jefferson met the Vietnamese prince and asked for some samples of Vietnamese rice, because he was also a farmer. He wanted to introduce it to the US because he thought it would be an improvement on rice eaten in America. This never came to pass because the prince fell sick and Jefferson became president. o US trading vessels to Vietnam : Ships going to SEA to engage in trade and to see what was going on in the area in terms of trade. In 1845, they sailed into Vietnamese coastline to ask for the freedom of French missionaries who had been taken hostage. This was an overall aggressive encounter. o War elephants and the US Civil War : The Emperor of Siam offered war elephants to the northern confederates during the Civil War. This was a diplomatic engagement taking place over the 19 th century. SEA was not completely terra incognita when things like this were happening during this time in the US. Direct US Involvement in Southeast Asia – 20 th century o The Philippines – peculiar sequence of events. Sinking of American ship in Cuba, leading to confrontation with the Spanish in the Philippines US Intervention : armed fashion, took the Philippines from the Spanish. US sided with anti- Spanish Filipinos to bring some cover to their intervention in the Philippines. US Colonialism : after the Spanish were defeated, the Americans thought that they should take on the “White Man’s Burden” and take over the Philippines as colonial overlord. This was their first and only colony in the SE Asian region. However, the people in the Philippines were not interested in trading colonial overlords, from 1899 and lingered into the early 1900s, 10,000s of
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Lecture 19 - 2.12.10 - 2nd December 2010 SEAS 1 Lecture 19...

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