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American Imperial PastoralThe Architecture of US Colonialism in the Philippines$
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Rebecca Tinio McKenna

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226417769

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226417936.001.0001

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(p.174) Epilogue
American Imperial Pastoral

Rebecca Tinio McKenna

University of Chicago Press

The epilogue summarizes the main arguments of the book and offers a brief history of Baguio since World War II. It draws connections between the formation of a reserve of Filipino labor at the start of the twentieth century and the Philippines’ current status as a supplier of cheap labor to employers around the world. It also links the clientelism and creation of a Filipino ruling class discussed in chapter 5 to the use of political office for private capital accumulation today. The chapter concludes by describing Baguio’s fate during World War II, when it was occupied by Japanese forces and became an internment center for American, English and Chinese residents, and its current status as home to economic zones selling skilled labor to foreign companies seeking to outsource manufacturing and service jobs.

Keywords:   Baguio, Carlos Bulosan, internment, Camp John Hay, labor, economic zone

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