Extimate Attachments – UROP Symposium

Extimate Attachments

Noe Conahan

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Research Mentor(s): Victor Mendoza
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Women’s and Gender Studies
Presentation Date: 08/03/2022
Presentation Type: Poster
Poster Number: 46
Session: Session II: 1:30 – 2:20pm
Room: League Ballroom
Authors: Victor Mendoza

Abstract

While much has been recorded about the colonization of the Philippines by the United States at the turn of the 20th century, the story about the participation of people of color in this colonial effort remains largely incomplete, especially the role (if any) of Asian and Pacific Islander military personnel. The particular archival research of this UROP project seeks to answer the question of whether or not any people from South Asia (specifically India) enlisted in the Colorado National Guard between the years 1898 and 1903. The
study consists of analysis of the enlistment records for this period from the Colorado
State Archives. The goal of this search is to find and record enlistment entries that contain either a name or a record of physical characteristics that may indicate non-white heritage, in order to determine what percentage of what we might now understand of people of color participated in the white-supremacist project of overseas colonization. More generally, the book, of which this research project is part, considers how racialized U.S. subjects often rationalized their participation in imperialism with the promise of economic advancement and heterosexual marriage.

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