The Influence of U.S. Imperialism on the Portrayals of Filipino Guerillas in Photography During the End of World War II
Ortanez, Alyssandra Rae
SEADL Undergraduate Paper Award
"The Influence of U.S. Imperialism on the Portrayals of Filipino Guerillas in Photography During the End of World War II" examines "Guerillas with Dead Japanese" via an analysis of the Spanish, American, and Japanese colonization of the Philippines. Drawing from works by Vincente L. Rafael, Kathleen Weekley, Wilfred Burchett, and Julian Go, this paper seeks to connect the dynamic events in the Philippines' colonial and postcolonial trajectory that create the inability to construct an analysis with an approach that focuses on individual colonial influence. The photograph's "Emotional Afterlife" demonstrates the complex and intertwined histories of the Philippines and thereby necessitates an understanding of consecutive colonial influence, entailing revolutionary movements, mimicry, White Love, domestication, tutelage, that defines independence in the Philippines today.
This paper was selected as the second place winner for the 2021 Southeast Asia Digital Library Undergradate Paper Award
PostcolonialismWorld War, 1939-1945
Postcolonialism--World War, 1939-1945Philippines