Thursday, October 28, 2010

The article found in class session

      In the article I was able to find information about the changes that the U.S. had as having control over the philipines. I was able to see that it had a lot of positive effects when it comes to the education. The filipinos were able to obtain sports scholarship that permited the students to play against other countries. This was an interesting information, but it didn't give me that kind of information that I was trying to find. It also obtain information about the U.S involvement in pearl harbor which it kind of confuse me since it relates to Cuba. As I was reading the information further it give me the idea that it contributed with the U.S. attacking manila the capital of the philippines that was under spain rule.
       This information made me realize that pearl harbor is an important event that contributed the U.S. involvement in the philippines.I need to do more research on pearl harbor in order to understand the issue more better. Since it seems an important event  that started the relationship between the U.S. and the philippines. The information seems more as an opinion than an objective information. Since the author
 is sharing some of her personal experience and her opinion about the U.S. rule in the philippines. 
 The only information I found useful is about pearl harbor. Since it actually made me want to find more information about the topic. In order to determine if it will be part of my research information. Which I think it will be since it seems that it contributes to first events that took place.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

My resources

I was able to find this source in Jstor I decided to use this source because as I was reading the introduction I saw it had information about the U.S.A. taking over the philippines. It also show how the philippines reacted towards the invasion of the U.S.A. and how americans felt towards the U.S.A. taking over the philippines.
Glenn A. May “why the United States won the Philippine -American War, 1899-1902: pacific historical review” Vol. 52, No. 4 (Nov., 1983), pp. (353-377) Published by: University of California PressStable URL:

My second source will be the reading from my history class "A nation among empires". I decided to pick this reading as my source because it contains a lot of information in the topic I'm going to write about spanish colonization in the philippines and how the philippines obtain its independence. Also how the U.S.A took over the philippines and how the filipinos reacted toward this situation.This reading also focus how the U.S.A had a positive impact in  the philippines.

Bender, Thomas " A nation among empires- America's place in world history". pp (219-245)

I was able to find another source in Jstor that talks about the reasons that made the U.S.A take control over the philippines. It also shows a chart that indicates how the U.S.A. took an advantage of filipinos vulnerability to take control over the country by using its power.
Foreign Policy as Social Construction: A Post-Positivist Analysis of U.S. Counterinsurgency Policy in the Philippines
Roxanne Lynn Doty
International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 3 (Sep., 1993), pp. 297-320

In this source I was able to find more information about the philippines rule under the spanish. This information will help me better understand the relationship that the philippines had with the spanish and the name of the spanish rulers. This information will help me with the background information I'm going to provide about the philippines relationship with the spanish and the revolutionaries involve.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

my reaction towards the film hearts and minds

The film really got my attention because I was able to understand the reasons that the U.S got involve in Vietnam. The interview that really surprise me and I thought was the person that was being the most honest with the people was the men that break down when he started talking about Kennedy’s death. His interview surprise me because he was recognizing and declaring that the political system of the U.S such as the president were lying about the real facts that were occurring and the reasons of the U.S involvement in Vietnam. This made me realize that the U.S was more concern about taking over Vietnam and controlling the territory that will contribute with the U.S ideology of expansion. The other interview that got my attention was of the man that worked with the atomic bombs that was interview towards the end. It got my attention to see his look of repentance when he was saying he was not realizing that he was contributing to an act of cruelty that killed a lot of people. He also mention that he could not imagine his children's being killed by an atomic bomb and that made him realize that he was contributing to an act of killing innocent people by realizing the bombs. This made me realize that most of the military soldiers that are part of wars for the most part are not realizing consciously about the kind of events they are contributing to and the effects of those acts. For the most part soldiers are being brainwash as one of the interviewers was mentioning because they are being display with the ideology that they going to war because they need to fight and win for the pride of their country. This shows that soldiers were being use as puppets because they were fighting for something that they didn't know.
The scene that was being use and it can relate to the way that the soldiers were being treated by the government was the footage that display a football team that were being told by their coach that the only thing they need to know is that they are playing to win. This shows that the coach was not giving clear reasons of why they were playing and the effects of winning the game. As the same way U.S soldiers were fighting in Vietnam without having any idea for what they were fighting for.