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Across the Pacific explores in descriptive and critical ways how transnational relationships and interactions in Asian American communities are manifested, exemplified, and articulated within the international context of the Pacific Rim. In eight ground-breaking essays, contributors address new meanings and practices of Asian Americans in the global transformation of the post-Civil Rights, post-Cold War, postmodern and postcolonial era. Asian Americans have always been a trans-Pacific community -- and are now more than ever. Since the changes in immigration laws in 1965, after decades of exclusion from the United States, Asians are once more immigrating to the U.S. Entering the U.S. upon the culmination of the Civil Rights movement, Asians becoming Asian Americans have joined a self-consciously multicultural society. Asian economies have roared onto the world stage, creating new markets while circulating capital and labor at an unprecedented scale and intensity, thereby helping drive the forces of modern globalization. Considering issues of diaspora, transmigrancy, assimilation, institutionalized racism, and community, Across the Pacific offers essays on such topics as the impact of the new migrations on Asian American subjectivity and politics, the role of Asian Americans in Pacific rim economies, and cultural expressions of dislocation among contemporary Asian American writers. It asks: If Asian Americans are to assume the role of bridge builders across the Pacific, what are the opportunities, the risks, the promises, the perils?
Peter Plowman describes the liners and companies that traversed the Pacific. The main North American ports were San Francisco, Los Angeles and Vancouver. The Pacific Mail Steamship Company was the first to instigate regular operations, the route was then taken over by the Oceanic Steamship Company. This in turn became the Matson Line with its famous liners the Mariposa and the Monteray. Other companies were the Union Steam Ship Company (the Tahiti and Maunganui). The various company mergers and associations are covered (such as that of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company and the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand). Where liners were requisitioned in both World War 1 and World War 2, their history is recorded. (The Niagara was sunk by a mine, and her sister ship theAorangi survived the war).
In former times, even more than today, climatic changes had major influences on migratory flows, and consequently on ancient agrarian civilizations, leading to deep economic, social, political and religious chaos, history that we sould meditate today to decide our future. This original book insist on the importance of the El Niño climatic phenomenon on the trans-Pacific migratory flows which occured 5,000 years ago, and presents comparisons between cultures and civilizations which existed on both sides of the Pacific, in Asia and America, in comparable epochs Travelers who want to discover pre-Colombian America or ancien Asia, whether they are lowers of archeological sites or passionate about the cultural heirs of old civilizations, will be fascinated by the innovating content of this book. The integration of the latest discoveries in paleo-climatology, anthropology, genetic and even linguistic research, sheds a new light on very old inter-relations between Asia and pre-Colombian America... across the Pacific.
This book addresses the problem of a country telling a grand narrative to itself that does not hold up under closer examination, a narrative that leads to possibly avoidable war. In particular, the book explains and questions the narrative the United States was telling itself about East Asia and the Pacific in the late 1930s, with (in retrospect) the Pacific War only a few years away. Through empirical methods, it details how the standard narrative failed to understand what was really happening based on documents that later became available. The documents researched are from the Diet Library in Japan, the Foreign Office in London, the National Archives in Washington, the University of Hawai'i library in Honolulu and several other primary sources. This research reveals opportunities unexplored that involve lessons of seeing things from the "other side's" point of view and of valuing the contribution of "in-between" people who tried to be peacemakers. The crux of the standard narrative was that the United States, unlike European imperialist powers, involved itself in East Asia in order to bring openness (the Open Door) and democracy; and that it was increasingly confronted by an opposing force, Japan, that had imperial, closed, and undemocratic designs. This standard American narrative was later opposed by a revisionist narrative that found the United States culpable of a "neo-imperialism," just as the European powers and Japan were guilty of "imperialism." However, what West Across the Pacific shows is that, while there is indubitably some truth in both the "standard" and the "revisionist" versions, more careful documentary research reveals that the most important thing "lost" in the 1898-1941 period may have been the real opportunity for mutual recognition and understanding, for cooler heads and more neutral "realistic" policies to emerge; and for more attention to the standpoint of the common men and women caught up in the migrations of the period. West Across the Pacific is both a contribution to peace research in history and to a foreign policy guided modestly by empiricism and realism as the most reliable method. It is a must read for diplomats and people concerned about diplomacy, as it probes the microcosms of diplomatic negotiations. This brings special relevance and approachability as yet another generation of Americans returns from war and occupation in Iraq. The book also speaks to Vietnam veterans, by drawing lessons from the Japanese war in China for the American war in Vietnam. This is particularly true of the conclusion, co-authored by distinguished Vietnam specialist Sophie Quinn-Judge.
Reading Across the Pacific is a study of literary and cultural engagement between the United States and Australia from a contemporary interdisciplinary perspective. The book examines the relations of the two countries, shifting the emphasis from the broad cultural patterns that are often compared, to the specific networks, interactions, and crossings that have characterised Australian literature in the United States and American literature in Australia. In the twenty-first century, both American and Australian literatures are experiencing new challenges to the very different paradigms of literary history and criticism each inherited from the twentieth century. In response to these challenges, scholars of both literatures are seizing the opportunity to reassess and reconfigure the conceptual geography of national literary spaces as they are reformed by vectors that evade or exceed them, including the transnational, the local and the global. The essays in Reading Across the Pacific are divided into five sections: National Literatures and Transnationalism, Poetry and Poetics, Literature and Popular Culture, The Cold War, and Publishing History and Transpacific Print Cultures.
A young Chinese woman's dream fully comes true— she gets to graduate school in America, bursting with energy. To make money, Saiyue cleans fish in a restaurant, cooks for her landlady and does computer programming for a Chinese-American professor, with whom a mutual attraction develops. She wants to become a permanent resident. How about marrying the professor? But she already has a husband back in China. Is it right to divorce him, because she knows he had an old flame that just wouldn't burn out? Actually, Saiyue desires more, like experiencing life to the fullest, enjoying all the freedom Americans can offer, including the sexual. Yet, as she grows in life with heightened intellectuality and spirituality, she struggles with her conscience, and so dearly misses her young son in China. What are her values? With the traditional ones enfeebled by the Cultural Revolution and Communist teachings discredited by China's opening to the West, Saiyue, like many young Chinese of her generation, had to find valueson her own. The author tells the story with spellbinding and spicy details, juxtaposing the old and new cultures— traditional Confucianism, Communist-Socialist ethics, contemporary American mores and the women's movement.
This collection of papers addresses the special problems the Pacific poses for policy makers, strategists, and historians alike. War and Diplomacy Across the Pacific, 1919-1952 examines the technical operational issues that were discussed by those intent on the exercise of influence over the enormous distances the region entails, as well as conceptual issues concerning the relevance or utility of military applications in regions where the protagonists differed even in their most fundamental cultural and philosophical values. The authors address the issues of the Pacific from the points of view of the major naval powers—Great Britain, the United States, Germany, Japan—and Canada as an emerging power. Contributors include James Leutze, Peter Lowe, John Chapman, Nobuya Bamba, Thomas Buell, and Arthur Menzies.

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