This article examines a unique migratory movement of Filipinos to America: Filipino nationals recruited by the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard between 1952 and 1970. Such recruits were seen as a solution to a mounting labor problem stemming from the Navy’s traditional use of minorities to fulfill duties as servants for naval officers. With African Americans' demands for equal opportunity reaching a crescendo during the Civil Rights era, the U.S. Navy looked to its former colony to replenish its supply of dark-skinned servants. Despite expectations of docility, however, such Filipino sailors were able to forge a culture of resistance manifested through non-confrontational acts of defiance, protest through official channels, and labor stoppage. Such actions ultimately resulted in the reversal of naval policy that relegated Filipinos to servile labor.
American Dream Deferred: An Oral History of Filipino Servants in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, 1952–1974
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P. James Paligutan; American Dream Deferred: An Oral History of Filipino Servants in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, 1952–1974. Pacific Historical Review 1 May 2021; 90 (2): 233–260. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/phr.2021.90.2.233
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