American Imperial Pastoral
The Architecture of US Colonialism in the Philippines
In American Imperial Pastoral, Rebecca Tinio McKenna examines the design, construction, and use of Baguio, making visible the physical shape, labor, and sustaining practices of the US’s new empire—especially the dispossessions that underwrote market expansion. In the process, she demonstrates how colonialists conducted market-making through state-building and vice-versa. Where much has been made of the racial dynamics of US colonialism in the region, McKenna emphasizes capitalist practices and design ideals—giving us a fresh and nuanced understanding of the American occupation of the Philippines.
1 A Cure for Philippinitis
2 Liberating Labor: The Road to Baguio
3 “A Hope of Something Unusual among Cities”
4 “Independencia in a Box”
5 Savage Hospitality