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Militarized CurrentsToward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific$
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Setsu Shigematsu and Keith L. Camacho

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665051

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665051.001.0001

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Touring Military Masculinities

Touring Military Masculinities

U.S.–Philippines Circuits of Sacrifice and Gratitude in Corregidor and Bataan

Chapter:
(p.63) 4 Touring Military Masculinities
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Militarized Currents
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Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665051.003.0004

This chapter examines the intertwined economies of tourism, militarism, and colonialism in the Philippines. It analyzes the raced and gendered visual narratives of the American military in two touristic sites in postcolonial Philippines: Corregidor Island and Bataan. In reading these two tourist destinations, the chapter shows how racialized masculinity and heroism are deployed in appeals to “remember properly.” It suggessts that in Bataan and Corregidor, the act of touring historical battlefields and military routes is simultaneously an emotional and ideological remembering of a benevolent American protector and an erasure of Japanese imperial violence and occupation. This act, it contends, provides a selective reiteration of the Philippines’ continuing “special relationship” with the United States as its former colonizer. In Bataan and Corregidor, monuments that portray the homosocial bonds of men at war, mutual suffering, and interracial camaraderie of American and Filipino soldiers demonstrate how masculinized heroism and imperial nostalgia narrativize the way occupiers and empires are engendered and remembered.

Keywords:   tourism, militarism, colonialism, Philippines, Corregidor Island, Bataan, masculinity, heroism, monuments, soldiers

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