The ascendancy of U.S. empire in the Philippine archipelago at the
turn of the twentieth century enabled a proliferation of unexpected
and unpre­ce­dented social and sexual intimacies—­some real, most
imagined—­between the figure of the Philippine autochthonous subject
and other peoples, intimacies that threatened to exceed U.S. empire’s
biopo­liti­cal consolidation of the normal. These intimacies emerged in
various forms of largely neglected state and cultural productions, a
strange archive of which Metroimperial Intimacies assembles: in laws
and institutions emerging in the metropole and the archipelago that
managed perversion; in a court-­martial scandal concerning Filipino
soldiers abused by their white superior officer; in local and major
newspapers; in po­liti­cal cartoons about the new colonial subjects of
the United States; in a hit Broadway musical comedy about the Philip-
pines by a white man who had companionships with men; and in serial
journals by pensionadas and pensionados, Philippine students receiv-
ing government scholarships to pursue education in U.S. universities.
INTRODUCTION
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