This research was funded by the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at Portland State University, an undergraduate research program. Publication of this article in an open access journal was funded by the Portland State University Library’s Open Access Fund.
Storytelling -- Social aspects, Storytelling in education, Bayanihan (community care)
U.S. imperialism in the Philippines has led to the multiple generations of diasporic conditions of colonial amnesia and systematic forgetting of history. Its impact on the Filipinx community has left unrecorded memories and voices of immigrants silenced, and considered lost to history. This study examines the relationship between U.S. colonialism and imperialism in the Philippines and the experiences of Filipinx immigration to the U.S. through a critical Indigenous feminist lens of visual imagery and storytelling. Given that many of the experiences within the Filipinx diaspora in relation to the American Empire have been systematically forgotten and erased, this study utilizes family photographs in framing the challenges and reinscribes harmful hegemonic U.S. colonial and imperial narratives. With a combination of semi-structured interviews and photo analysis as a form of visual storytelling, the family photographs within the Filipinx diaspora may reframe, challenge, and resist hegemonic U.S. colonial and imperial narratives by holding memories of migration, loss, family belonging, and community across spatial and generational boundaries that attempt to erase by the U.S. nation-state. Results shed light on resistance and survivance through bayanihan (community care) spirit.
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Cadiz, S.; Trinidad, A.M.O. Picturing Forgotten Filipinx: Family Photographs and Resisting U.S. Colonial Amnesias. Genealogy 2020, 4, 111.