Tag Archives: colonialism

Indios Bravos

The Spanish term for “wild/brave indians” was also used by Philippine national hero Jose Rizal and his friends for themselves, after having watched Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in Paris in 1889.  Rizal and his companions were impressed by the … Continue reading

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White Man’s Burden

When I first heard of this expression, I thought it was some general paternalistic phrase.  But when I found out that it also came from Rudyard Kipling’s poem encouraging the colonization of the Philippines by the United States, it kinda … Continue reading

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Individuals: Sir Stamford Raffles

Photo Credit: Engraved by Thompson, from a Miniature in posession of Mr. Raffles The only thing I knew about Sir Stamford Raffles before was his founding of Singapore.  And that the biggest, stinkiest flower in the world is named after … Continue reading

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