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We hope you enjoy browsing through these images. We have a sample of images that are not included in the book, along with other galleries that help tell the story of Filipinos in Hawaii. One gallery features photos taken by agents of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association. Archivist Matt Kester at Brigham Young University, Hawaii (in Laie) was helpful in pointing us to this group of images that show how "Big Sugar" was going about its early recruitment of Philippine labor. The images take stock of living arrangements, gender-determined duties at home and work, and the likelihood of workers to make the journey to the Territory of Hawaii. What was especially important was that the HSPA agents were aware of how skilled many of the Filipinos were in sugar refining processes.

Another gallery features political cartoons from the early twentieth century. Abe Ignacio, co-author of The Forgotten Book, guided us to many of the images he and his colleagues had gathered for the publication of their landmark visual history text about the U.S.-Philippine War. In these political cartoons, you’ll discover how policy makers and readers in the U.S. debated the fate of the Philippines and Hawaii—not only as strategically important sites for military basing, but also for a solid economic anchoring in the Pacific.

Labor Recruitment Photos:

Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association

Political Cartoons:

The Philippines, and U.S. Empire