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Making the Empire WorkLabor and United States Imperialism$
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Daniel E. Bender and Jana K. Lipman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479871254

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479871254.001.0001

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Empire and the Moving Body

Empire and the Moving Body

Fermin Tobera, Military California, and Rural Space

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Making the Empire Work

Dorothy B. Fujita-Rony

NYU Press

This chapter presents the story of Fermin Tobera, who was shot dead while sleeping in a bunkhouse on the Murphy Ranch, which had been attacked by white male rioters. His death unleashed fierce debates among political leaders on both sides of the Pacific over the position of Filipinos in relation to the U.S. empire. These arguments also drew attention to the young Filipinos who circulated through the United States, physically vulnerable due to animosity based on race, gender, and class. Moreover, the call of Fermin's mother to the Philippine Government for justice questions the country's ability to secure justice and economic restitution for Fermin's death.

Keywords:   Fermin Tobera, political leaders, U.S. empire, race, gender, class

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