This podcast is actually part one in a series that host Eliza Romero and guest Alvin Camba are doing together.
"American imperialism" is a pejorative, even to Americans. Americans don't like to think of themselves as imperialists or colonizers because the country was founded after an anti-imperialist revolt. We call ourselves a republic, but if we're being honest, we're not that different.
The US has a unique historical relationship with the Philippines and it's one that needs to be considered.
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Referenced articles by Alvin Camba:
From Colonialism to Neoliberalism: Critical Reflections on Philippine Mining in the "Long Twentieth Century"
The food regime in late colonial Philippines: Pathways of appropriation and unpaid work