Asian American 10 Lecture 5

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Asian American 10 Lecture 5 I. The New Imperialism This is a time of rapid Industrialization, modernization, oil tin become important globally. Unlike the 15,16,17 centuries, the nation-state wasn’t considered. Issues around church, morality, and monarchs. By late 1800s till today, secular justifications for imperial and colonial endeavors. Shift from church to secular. This becomes key for exploiting materials. Determining values of economics determine Imperialism. If a state that shifted from monarchy to state, explosions of rationale of economics. For example, US practiced what President William McKinley called the “Benevolent Assimilation.” US saw their attempts to acculturate different and foreign people with good intentions. They believed they would bring American Democracy overseas for the better of humankind. This often infantilized people with elementary schooling and other acts. Why develop Democracy around benevolent assimilation? The way US viewed Philippines, little brown brother. Showed them as savages because US saw them as uncivilized and not American. Takes focus off of the US’s move to take resources and etc. And what is infantilization anyway? Belittling societies by babying people. Patriarchal, paternalistic language. There were acts of resistance across the board. In the Philippines, Emilio Aguinaldo led an independence movement against Spain. He believed US and other intellectual revolutionaries would support him. In fact, US promised to support Aguinaldo to further Philippine independence from Spain. Despite these gestures and promises, US went against its rhetoric and challenged any form of Filipino resistance. Furthermore, US was already guaranteed economic ownership over Guam Philippines and Puerto Rico because of the Treaty of Paris. Failure to openly communicate with Filipinos led to intervillage and interarchipelago conflicts. These conflicts led to Phil-Am war. During this war, 70,000 US soldiers died and approx. 600,000 civilians died. The army comprised of both white and black soldiers and had brutally cruel acts of violence. The Spanish American and Fil-Am were not aberrations of US foreign policy. That is to say, these wars were couched in legal precedent. The wars occurred partly due to American notion of “Domestic Governance” a. The European “Scramble” for Colonies All of Africa is carved up by Europeans scrambling for Colonies.
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b. The Spanish-American War Brought another colonizer to the Carribean, southeast Asia, and more. They saw it as an opportunity to extend its territory to these areas.
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