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Author See, Sarita Echavez,
Title The Filipino primitive : accumulation and resistance in the American museum / Sarita Echavez See.
Imprint New York : New York University Press, [2017]

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Author See, Sarita Echavez,
Subject Material culture -- Philippines -- History.
Cultural property -- Social aspects -- United States.
Cultural property -- Social aspects -- Philippines.
Imperialism -- Social aspects -- United States -- History.
Philippines -- Colonization -- Social aspects -- History.
Philippines -- Relations -- United States.
United States -- Relations -- Philippines.
Philippines -- Antiquities.
Alt Name Ohio Library and Information Network.
Description 1 online resource
Contents Introduction : accumulating the primitive -- part I. The archive : dispossession by accumulation -- Progress through the museum : knowledge nullius and the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History -- Foreign in a domestic place : progressivist imperialism and the Frank Murphy Memorial Museum -- part II. The repertoire of dispossession -- Lessons from the illiterate : Carlos Bulosan and the staged wages of romance -- The booty and beauty of contemporary Filipino/American art : Stephanie Syjuco's RAIDERS -- Conclusion : accumulation now and then
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Summary Nowhere can we appreciate so easily the intertwined nature of the triple forces of knowledge accumulation-capital, colonial, and racial-than in the imperial museum, where the objects of accumulation remain materially, visibly preserved. Sarita See maintains that it is this material collection of artifacts associated with the racial, colonial primitive that forms the foundation of American knowledge production. The Filipino Primitive takes Karl Marx's concept of "primitive accumulation," usually conceived of as an economic process for the acquisition of land and the extraction of labor, and argues that we also must understand it as a project of knowledge accumulation. Taking us through the Philippine collections at the University of Michigan Natural History Museum and the Frank Murphy Memorial Museum, also in Michigan, See reveals these exhibits as both allegory and real case of the primitive accumulation subtending imperial American knowledge, just as the extraction of Filipino labor contributes to American capitalist colonialism. With this understanding of the Filipino foundations of the development of an American accumulative drive toward power and knowledge, we can appreciate the value of Filipino American cultural producers like Carlos Bulosan, Stephanie Syjuco, and Ma-Yi Theater Company who have created incisive parodies of an accumulative epistemology, even as they articulate powerful alternative, anti-accumulative social ecologies
ISBN 9781479887699 (electronic bk.)
1479887692 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1006619128
Additional Format Print version: See, Sarita Echavez, author. Filipino primitive : accumulation and resistance in the American museum. New York : New York University Press, [2017] 1479825050 9781479825059 (OCoLC)982529230.

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