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Connecting their fight against domestic racism to the Filipino struggle against U. imperialism, some African American soldiers – such as Corporal David Fagen – switched allegiance and joined the native armed struggle for independence” (p. Indeed, there are many historical and modern-day realities that tie the African American experience and the [email protected] experience together. has two books, "Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipino American Postcolonial Psychology" and "Internalized Oppression: The Psychology of Marginalized Groups." Follow the author on Twitter. I read that Asians (Particularly Japanese) have different viewpoints about skin color. They sometimes feel superior to the white pigment, or sometimes feel inferior to it.

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For example, not very many people know that thousands of African American male soldiers who were stationed in U. military bases in the Philippines until 1991 fathered children with Filipina women. Congress passed a law that allowed Amerasian children born in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos to immigrate to the U. citizens, is if their fathers file paternity claims before they turn 18 years-old. In other words, there are approximately 13,000 mixed-race [email protected] American individuals in the Philippines today who have been abandoned and whose rights as Americans are not recognized!

Indeed, an estimated 25% of the approximately 52,000 “Amerasians” – mixed-race children of American soldiers with Filipinas – have African American fathers. S., but this law did not apply to Amerasians in the Philippines. Going back further, not very many people know that Carlos Bulosan – probably the most influential [email protected] American poet and novelist in United States history who wrote prolifically about his experience as a Filipino man in America during the early to mid-1900s – related the struggles of early [email protected] in America to those of the struggles of African Americans (and other groups).

As noted [email protected] American scholar and historian Yen Le Espiritu wrote: “White American soldiers in the Philippines used many of the same epithets to describe Filipinos as they used to describe African Americans, including ‘niggers,’ ‘black devils,’ and ‘gugus’…If we positioned Filipino/American history within the traditional immigration paradigm, we would miss the ethnic and racial intersections between Filipinos and Native Americans and African Americans as groups similarly affected by the forces of Manifest Destiny.

These common contexts of struggle were not lost in African American soldiers in the Philippines.

Maybe learning a bit more about the ties between African Americans and [email protected] will help us with this resistance.

As [email protected] – as Peoples of Color – in these United States, we need to acknowledge that we owe plenty of the freedoms and privileges that we enjoy today to the struggles, leadership, and activism of African Americans.

As we honor and appreciate the historical and modern-day contributions of African Americans to this country, I cannot help but to also be reminded of the painful reality that many of my fellow [email protected] – many among the 3.4 million in the United States, the 98 million in the Philippines, and the few million more in the rest of the diaspora – still hold deep prejudices against people of African descent.

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