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date: 12 May 2021

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This chapter engages a central question in the historical study of Filipinos, Pacific Islanders, and the American empire. That is, if Filipinos and Pacific Islanders are linked by virtue of their historical relations with the United States, then why do their respective English-language historiographies convey disconnected, even severed, records of these peoples? By focusing on historical monographs and anthologies, this chapter addresses this question by exploring the ways in which colonial and postcolonial bodies of knowledge have produced Filipinos and Pacific Islanders as subjects of study and as agents of history, illustrating the gaps and fissures in the historiography as much as reflecting on its links and ties. Emphasis is placed on historical studies of labor and migration, militarism and nuclearism, and empire and indigeneity.

Keywords: empire, Filipino, indigeneity, labor, migration, militarism, nuclearism, Pacific Islander

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