Soldiering through Empire: Race and the Making of the Decolonizing Pacific

Author: Simeon Man

Published: University of California Press, 2018

Service: Indexing

In the decades after World War II, tens of thousands of soldiers and civilian contractors across Asia and the Pacific found work through the U.S. military. Recently liberated from colonial rule, these workers were drawn to the opportunities the military offered and became active participants of the US empire, most centrally during the US war in Vietnam.

Simeon Man uncovers the little-known histories of Filipinos, South Koreans, and Asian Americans who fought in Vietnam, revealing how US empire was sustained through overlapping projects of colonialism and race making.

Through their military deployments, Man argues, these soldiers took part in the making of a new Pacific world—a decolonizing Pacific—in which the imperatives of US empire collided with insurgent calls for decolonization, producing often surprising political alliances, imperial tactics of suppression, and new visions of radical democracy.

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Cover of Simeon Man's book Soldiering through Empire: Race and the Making of the Decolonizing Pacific. Cover contains author and title in yellow and white text on a black and white photo of Asian men in their underwear with hands raised being led out of a village street by Asian soldiers in uniform

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