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American Tropics: Articulating Filipino America

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An examination of the American empire's images of the Philippines in turn of the century legal debates over Puerto Rico, Progressive-era popular literature set in the Latin American borderlands, and mid-century Hollywood cinema staged in Hawai'i and the Pacific Islands. Isaac scrutinizes media coverage of the Cunanan case, Boy Scout adventure novels, and Hollywood films to argue that territorial sites of occupation are an important part of American identity.