16th century map of the pacific

Unit 3: History, Colonialism, and Diaspora

Week 9: What Is History?

Tues Oct 19Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History 1-30.Write 2-3-sentence definitions of “history,” of “colonialism,” and of “diaspora” in your notebooks. Share one Slack.Why history, colonialism, and diaspora? Why the early modern Pacific?
Thurs Oct 21 amMiguel Martínez, “Manila’s Sangleys and a Chinese Wedding (1625),” 73-89.Come prepared with a ??? and a !!! moment.
Refer to section plan on Slack.
Primary source analysis guide:

Is our narrator objective? Why or why not?

What amazes him about the wedding and about the Chinese of Manila more broadly?

What stereotypes does he challenge/reinforce?

How does the source depict the roles of ritual and custom in the Chinese community?

What are the limitations of the author’s observations? What can’t we know from this source?
Thurs Oct 21 pmFaculty PanelThe Spanish Pacific in Global History

Week 10: What is Colonialism

Tues Oct 26Ryan Crewe, “Pacific Purgatory: Spanish Dominicans, Chinese Sangleys, and the Entanglement of Mission and Commerce in Manila, 1580-1620,” 337-365Interactive lecture on “colonialism”
Thurs Oct 28 amJohn Blanco, “Idolatry and Apostasy in the 1633 Jesuit Annual Letter,” 115-29;Refer to Section Plan on SlackPrimary source analysis guide:

Unpack the Jesuit strategies and techniques used to Catholicize the Mangyanes. Are they successful? Why or why not?

Is there evidence of Catholicism melding with local beliefs?

Why might the Jesuit author have recorded so intently Mangyan spirituality? Does he give it any credence?

Does the author observe a connection between gender and spirituality?

Consider the Jesuit’s stories in the aggregate. How do they characterize the frontiers of Hispanic colonialism? Could the specters be both spiritual and metaphorical?
Thurs Oct 28 pmAttend Dr. Luis’ “Deconstructing Systematic Violence in Colonial Manila: From Discourse to Action” Lecture; Attend another “Race Before Race” panel for your portfolio; Post 3-5 sentence response on Slack.

Week 11: What is Diaspora

Tues Nov 2Diaspora; Edward R. Slack Jr., “The Chinos of New Spain: A Corrective Lens for a Distorted Image,” 35-67.Interactive lecture on “diaspora” using Evelyn Hu-DeHart
Tues Nov 4 amRyan Dominic Crewe, “A Moluccan Crypto-Muslim before the Transpacific Inquisition (1623-1645),” 171-87.Refer to Section Plan on SlackPrimary source analysis guide:

Why does the inquisition prosecute Alexo de Castro twice?

Does legal procedure determine the testimonies and denunciations recorded in inquisition cases?

What does the case reveal about gender expectations and their subversion in the Hispanic World?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of studying a single historical actor to understand a period?

Is Alexo de Castro’s experience diasporic? Why or why not?
Tues Nov 4 pmFinal Small Group Activity: Reflect on how your understanding of history, of colonialism, and of diaspora has changed over the course of this unit

After Class: Write a 5-7 sentence new definition of history, colonialism, or diaspora and post to Slack. Paste your original definition above the reflection.
Conclusion Lecture

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