Foreign domestics: The Filipino 'Homefront' in world war II Hollywood

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Abstract

In Hollywood film and media culture of World War II, the Philippines acted as a 'homefront' or a space of identification through the presence of an 'American way of life'. World War II Hollywood films set in the Philippines - Texas to Bataan (1942), Corregidor (1943), Bataan (1943), They Were Expendable (1945) and Back to Bataan (1945) - establish a dynamic of foreign domesticity by grafting domestic signifiers onto the foreign space of the Philippines and across Filipino bodies; particularly through the trope of US heroism as signified by General MacArthur, references to the Alamo and the genre of the Western, and domestic cultural objects and practices. These films served related purposes: they recruited a public into a foreign war, created a recognizable war zone 'homefront', and consolidated the image and ideology of control over the formerly 'insurgent' colony.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-21
Number of pages19
JournalComparative American Studies
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Filipinos
  • Hollywood
  • Imperialism
  • Office of War Information
  • Philippines
  • World War II

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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