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CHID Philippines: Made in the U.S.A. – American Occupation, Identity Construction and Social Action in the Philippines (Outgoing Program)
- Locations: Manila, Philippines
- Program Terms: Summer B-Term
|Summer B 2017|
|July 20 – August 19, 2017|
|Estimated Program Fee||$4,800 (including $350 CHID fee)|
|Credits||12 UW credits|
|Program Directors||Third Andresen; Vicente Rafael|
|Program Manager||Darielle Horsey | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Application Deadline||March 15, 2017 - EXTENDED!|
|Information Session(s)||Thursday, January 26, Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, Native/Chicano Room, 6:30pm|
|General||This program will examine the United States’ occupation of the Philippines and its implications on current as well as historical Filipino identity construction. Exploring historical texts, western and indigenous theory, art, Hip Hop culture, and local travel, we will ask how Filipino identities are negotiated and what it means to live in the islands.|
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This program will examine the United States’ occupation of the Philippines and its implications on current as well as historical Filipino identity construction. Exploring historical texts, western and indigenous theory, art, Hip Hop culture, and local travel, we will ask how Filipino identities are negotiated and what it means to live in the islands. The utilization of English as the primary means of education in the Philippines during the colonial era and the invisibility of Filipino contributions in the U.S. are some of the many issues we will consider. Specifically, we will engage the work of Filipino and Filipino American scholars and community members who assert that the colonial mentality created by the effects of 300-year Spanish colonization and American educational policy in the Philippines from 1898 to 1945 has impacted Filipinos as they learned to become Westernized and behave like Americans, speak Americanized English, emulate American culture, and absorbed American democratic procedures. Although we will connect the Spanish influence in the Philippines and its impact on Filipino society and identity, this program will primarily focus on the role of American colonization, occupation, and education policies on Filipino identity formation.
The Philippines is an important site for studying the history of US colonialism because the archipelago was a territory of the United States for half a century. More specifically, focusing on the implementation of American education policy in the Philippines will help students consider the ways education policy at this time was part of a larger campaign of military colonial control. The program will be located at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, part of Megalopolis Manila. One of the many unique values of this site selection is that it will allow our students to engage first-hand with Filipino citizens on the very topics we are studying. Interacting with the students, faculty, and community from the University of the Philippines in Quezon City will allow UW students to see the vestiges of American colonialism as the outcome of this military colonial control and ideology within everyday life. Furthermore, the students’ examination of this particular period in American history will allow them to make connections with how the outcome of United States jurisdiction implemented in the Philippines is still seen into the present-day. This course will also broaden students’ framework and concept of civic engagement by working with community-based organizations in the Philippines. We will also utilize the site for gathering evidence and examples of lasting Spanish legacy and American presence in the Philippines.
While the program will be located and anchored at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, the Program Directors, local scholars, educators, and community organizers will teach the course both in Seattle and in Manila, beginning with a highly recommended five-credit UW Summer course, Introduction to Filipino Histories (HSTCMP 205), cross-listed as SISE 205A and weekly pre-departure meetings during Summer Quarter A Term 2017. This course can also be taken in the Autumn of 2015. Students will then build upon this foundation in this 12-credit program during Summer B-Term 2016 in the Philippines. Incorporated into the curriculum will be a collaborative project that has a strong emphasis on direct community involvement. While the program specifically will be utilizing the knowledge and skills of our local coordinators, students will have the opportunity to focus their projects on other aspects of Filipino society that have been pre-approved by the program directors.
Bagiuo and Banaue City and Visayan Islands
Accommodations provided at the University of the Philippines.
The program will be open to all majors/class standings, but we will target undergraduates majoring in Comparative History of Ideas, American Ethnic Studies, History, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, and Social Work, as well as graduate students in the College of Education
All students are highly encouraged to register for HSTCMP 205A/SISE 205: Introduction to Filipino Histories during Summer A term, unless they have already taken this course. In addition, students will need to have successfully completed at least one of, or something comparable to, the following courses:
AAS 360: Filipino American History and Culture
AAS 101: Introduction to Asian American Cultures
AAS 206: Asian American Contemporary Issues
AAS 210: Asian American Identity
AES150: Introductory History of American Ethnic Groups
AES 151: Introduction to Cultures of American Ethnic Groups
AES 340: Race, Ethnicity, and Education
CHID 260 (Re) Thinking Diversity
CHID 250: Hip Hop in the 206
CHID 250: Hollywood: The portrayal of minority groups in the motion film industry
CHID 250: Hip Hop culture, music, and videos
GWSS 200: Introduction to Women Studies
GWSS 300/AES 322: Race, Class, Gender
It is highly recommended that participants physically and mentally prepare for the considerable amount of trekking. For example, navigating Megalapolis Manila via Jeepney, Light Rail, Taxi Cab, Tricycle, Uber, and Bus, and island hopping via catamaran and ferry throughout the duration of the program. Additionally, during Week 1, students will be expected to participate in Arnis martial arts training and demonstration.
What does it mean to inherit a colonial legacy? How is a past bedeviled by foreign occupation come to shape a present steeped in political and economic inequality, racial hierarchies, gendered and sexualized disparities? What are the counter-legacies of resistance, revolution, as well as counter-revolution and capitulation that accompany this history?
In this course, we will be traveling through the Philippines and dwelling, for however brief a time, among a people and a place where these questions are a daily reality, consumed alongside political debates, educational policies, and popular culture. They seep into the broken pavements and stalled traffic of unequal development, the everyday discourse about the corruption of authorities, the earnest organizing of grassroots organization, the gossip, the rumors, and the laughter that burst and swirl from city to countryside.
We will explore the concrete crowdedness of Metro Manila, the museums, the churches and the universities, the malls and the streets where the grit and promise of development are deposited in the very milieu and languages of the people. We will also travel to the northern areas of fabled rice terraces and a former colonial hill station, where indigenous people’s claims still hold sway, while exploring the extraordinary beauty of provincial towns and coastal beaches that are simultaneously endangered by touristic development and capitalist pressures coming from corporate mining and logging interests.
We will reflect on how the current forces of globalization have long impinged on the diverse societies of this archipelagic country, sending Filipinos to work and immigrate overseas, spurring sex and labor trafficking, forcing indigenous peoples off their land, creating vast gaps between the rich and the poor. Talking with academic experts (at Philippine Women’s University, the University of the Philippines at the Ateneo de Manila University), political officials, journalists, local leaders, students and grass-roots organizations, we will also learn about the diverse ways by which people have responded to these unrelenting challenges, re-working the colonial inheritance into the very conditions from which they seek to escape and overturn its grip. In this regard, students will also have a chance to learn the traditional fighting form of the Arnis, reputedly used in anti-colonial wars.
Finally, students will seek to reckon with the place, or lack of it, of Filipino Americans in the Philippines, and how this is reflected in their own ambivalent and ambiguous positions in the United States and elsewhere. By learning through traveling and living in the country, students can thus hope to develop a more comparative and compassionate understanding of the twinned histories and shared futures of the Philippines and the United States.
A rubric will be designed to measure students’ progress and will be used to asses their Weekly Reflection Paper/BLOG The criteria for this rubric will be:
Filipino American scholars and community members posit that cultural psychological captivity or colonial mentality created by the effects of American educational policy in the Philippines affected the self-concepts of Filipinos as they learned to behave like Americans, speak Americanized English, emulate American culture, and absorbed American democratic procedures. The utilization of English as the primary language of education in the Philippines during the colonial era and the invisibility of Filipino experiences and contributions in American history is said to be one of many issues surrounding Filipino identity today.
While English continues to be the lingua franca of business, government, and much of the middle class, to what extent does it still continue to exercise hegemony in the midst of a steady push to use mother tongues and the national language, Filipino, in K-12 education and most importantly, in popular culture? Can we still characterize Filipino culture as “mis-educated,” or is it time to get rid of this outmoded, post-war and largely elitist concept for conceptualizing the rabidly hybrid and vertiginously inventive nature of Filipino cultures?
Students will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of sites. They will visit with Non-governmental organizations and government officials alike dealing with problems such as human trafficking, electoral reform, labor issues and women’s rights; major academic institutions and important historical sites; former US military bases (which even now are being refashioned to house visiting US forces on a regular basis) as well as shelters and organizations that aid sex trade workers and their children of around these former bases; museums and government centers, shuttling between the horrific, mind-numbing traffic of Manila and the wide-open spaces of country roads and beaches. We will engage with local organizations such as Migrante and Gabriela Network, which are actively involved in awareness campaigns to prevent the trafficking of women and girls from the Philippines and workers’ basic human rights. Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate with former Washington State Representative Velma Veloria, and Ms. Lila Shihani who is also the Spokeperson of the Advocacy and Communications Group of the Inter-Agency Council Against (Human) Trafficking (IACAT). Washington’s Task Force Against Trafficking of Persons reports that Washington state is a source for the recruitment, transportation and sale of people for labor. The report indicates several factors such as the international border with Canada, abundance of ports, vast rural areas, and Dependency on agricultural workers make Washington State prone to human trafficking. Seattle is part of a trafficking circuit that included Honolulu, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Portland, Vancouver (Clark County), Yakima and Canada. The report also notes that trafficking has occurred in 18 Washington state counties. Victims range from "mail-order" brides to sex trade workers to domestic workers and children. Local victims have come from Russia, the Philippines, China and Mexico. In 2003, Representative Veloria and her colleagues introduced the first Anti-Trafficking Bill in the United States to criminalize human trafficking.
We will also engage with BAYAN, which is a predominantly youth-based national democratic movement in the Philippines comprising over one million members. BAYAN conducts education campaigns on the country's basic problems and how to solve them in ways that are democratic and people-oriented. Moreover, BAYAN initiates and/or promotes socio-economic relief and rehabilitation projects in support and defense of the democratic rights of citizens marginalized by militarization and natural and man-made calamities, especially among the peasants and national minorities in the countryside.
Students in this course will investigate how indigenous and non-indigenous Filipinos respond to the legacy of American colonization and the living conditions it created through community organizing. We will attend events, conferences, meetings, and discussions that reflect the discourse, legacy, and the implications of American colonization. This course will also broaden students’ framework and concept of civic engagement from community based organizations in the Philippines. This course will allow students a great opportunity to explore these vexed issues of colonial legacies, new post-colonial formations, hybrid identities, and class-inflected struggles over cultural politics, governmentality, and economic relations. Students will see first hand the massive transformations that take place among the varied peoples of the archipelago, traversed by uneven capitalist development, wrought by the differing impact of Spanish, US and Japanese colonial rule, as well as the control of the nation’s capital, “imperial Manila.” Students will also have the opportunity to visit various areas of the country that show the diverse responses of peoples faced with the contemporary pressures of globalization: from indigenous peoples confronted by threats from mining, logging and tourism industry to the multitude of poor inhabitants in informal settlements that wrap themselves around the gleaming skyscrapers and air-conditioned shopping malls of the major cities.
The course will rely on a combination of academic readings and discussions, as well as field trips to important U.S. and Spanish colonial sites such as Baguio City, Mactan Island, Negros Island, Cebu Island, Bohol Island, and Boracay Island. The students in this course will have the opportunity to engage with Filipino citizens about the topic of American occupation and the vestiges of colonialism as the outcome of this ideology on everyday life. Furthermore, the students will be able to observe academic curricula such as “KAS 205: Commonwealth of the Philippines” and “KAS 226: US Policies in the Philippines” at the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila, Silliman University, Taguig City University, and Philippine Women’s University. Participation in these courses will allow them to make connections on the outcome of United States jurisdictions implemented in the Philippines.
Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.
|Payment Type||Payment Amount||Payment Due Date|
|CHID Fee||$350||August 4, 2017|
|Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee||$350||August 4, 2017|
|Program Fee Balance||$4,450||August 4, 2017|
|TOTAL FEES CHARGED||$5,150||-|
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