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Perhaps by becoming aware of such historical connections, then maybe more [email protected] will become aware of our own history of colonialism and oppression, the legacies of which include the colorism and racism that still negatively affects how we look at ourselves, African Americans, and other Peoples of Color today. The sad thing is that all too often the Blacks in America (whites too) laugh and mock asians too.

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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.

Perhaps by becoming aware of the long and meaningful connections between African Americans and [email protected], then maybe we can begin to address the pervasive anti-Black sentiments in the [email protected] community. They love blond women as they often appear in advertisments. Things are changing now, but that's the way it was back in the day.

So the only pathway for [email protected] Amerasians to become citizens, even though they should have already been automatically considered as U. For instance, in his most famous work “America is in the Heart: A Personal History,” Bulosan wrote: “America is not a land of one race or one class of men. America is in the hearts of men (and women) that died for freedom; it is also in the eyes of men (and women) that are building a new world. America is also the nameless foreigner, the homeless refugee, the hungry boy begging for a job and the black body dangling from a tree.

We are all Americans that have toiled and suffered and known oppression and defeat, from the first Indian that offered peace in Manhattan to the last Filipino pea pickers. America is the illiterate immigrant who is ashamed that the world of books and intellectual opportunities is closed to him.

” Going back even further, not very many people know that there is a strong and meaningful connection between the struggles of African Americans against American racism and the struggles of [email protected] against American imperialism.

For example, many African American soldiers during the seemingly forgotten and never-talked-about war between the Philippines and the United States from 1898-1913 sympathized with the [email protected] who were fighting to keep their sovereignty and independence.

So we need to resist oppression’s attempt to divide and conquer us.

We need to resist the internalization of oppression that leads us to buy into the notions of colorism and racism, which leads us to have stereotypical, inferiorizing, and dehumanizing attitudes toward African Americans and dark-skinned individuals.

The continuous marginalization of the Aeta people – one of the Philippines’ Indigenous Peoples who have African roots – and the discrimination they face from dominant [email protected] ethnic groups (e.g., the Tagalogs, Kapampangans, Ilokanos, etc.) who regard them as uncivilized, uneducated savages is just one example.

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