This course overviews the contemporary experiences of Filipinos in the United States from a critical perspective. It is especially focused on the question of how it is that Filipinos are in the United States to begin with. To understand Filipino immigration is to understand the legacies of U.S. imperialism in the Philippines as well as how U.S. capital has historically and continues to depend on racialized labor.
Introduction, Overview of Course
This class is an overview of Professor Rodriguez's sociological (i.e.historical, structural, critical) approach to understanding Filipino community formation in the U.S. In addition, it provides a description of the course requirements. Drawing inspiration from the original demands of Ethnic Studies student activists from which Asian American Studies emerges, Professor Rodriguez insists, "the more you know, the more you owe," hence, all assignments for the course have a community-service orientation.
Approaching the Filipino American Experience from a Sociological Perspective
This is an overview of the "sociological imagination" and how to use it to understand Filipino American immigration historically and in the contemporary period. Overview of the rise of capitalism in the U.S. and its dependence on racialized labor as the context for understanding immigration.
Approaching the Filipino American Experience from a Sociological Perspective Part 2
Emphasizing a sociological approach to the Filipino American experience (specifically the intersection of biography and history), this lecture overviews key historical moments in the rise of U.S. imperialism and its role in producing emigration from the Philippines. The aim of the lecture is to complicate the idea that immigration to the U.S. is merely the outcome of individual choices.
Capitalism and Racialized Labor Historically in the U.S.
Professor Rodriguez provides an overview of the ways that U.S. capital has depended on racialized labor for particular kinds of work from the enslavement of African to the importation of Asian labor. She situates U.S. Filipinos within this context and history.
U.S. Imperialism and the Filipino American War
Professor Rodriguez examines "Manifest Destiny" and the rise of U.S. imperialism. She discusses the Philippine-American War and the colonization of the Philippines.
Lynching and Empire
Professor Rodriguez gives an overview of the Balce's chapter in "Positively No Filipinos Allowed" (2006) titled "Filipino Bodies, Lynching and the Language of Empire." She examines the relations and connections between African Americans and Filipinos during the colonial period.
where are the rest of the lectures, this is quite interesting, professor says "right" too much
Student’s questions could not be heard
After the second episode I downgraded my review from five to three stars. Although this is a classroom setting I felt that the experience was diminished because I could not hear student’s questions and the discussion becomes one sided. The good perfessor does not always repeat the (unheard) question and it detracts from my enjoyment of the course. Otherwise these podcasts are well thought out and very thought provoking and relevant to my life.
the right to free education
i love the idea of democratizing education and liberating it from the confines of the university. thank you dr. rodriguez for providing generations access to this knowledge who normally would have taken generations to acquire it through self-study.