By Christina Klein
Within the years following international struggle II, American writers and artists produced a gradual circulate of well known tales approximately americans residing, operating, and touring in Asia and the Pacific. in the meantime the united states, competing with the Soviet Union for international energy, prolonged its achieve into Asia to an unparalleled measure. This publication unearths that those trends—the proliferation of Orientalist tradition and the growth of U.S. power—were associated in advanced and mind-blowing methods. whereas so much cultural historians of the chilly conflict have concerned with the tradition of containment, Christina Klein reads the postwar interval as one in every of foreign financial and political integration—a detailed bankruptcy within the means of U.S.-led globalization.
Through her research of quite a lot of texts and cultural phenomena—including Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific and The King and that i, James Michener's trip essays and novel Hawaii, and Eisenhower's People-to-People Program—Klein exhibits how U.S. coverage makers, including middlebrow artists, writers, and intellectuals, created a tradition of worldwide integration that represented the expansion of U.S. strength in Asia because the forging of emotionally enjoyable bonds among american citizens and Asians. Her publication enlarges Edward Said's suggestion of Orientalism as a way to convey to gentle a cultural narrative approximately either household and foreign integration that also resonates today.
"Christina Klein takes a clean, stimulating, and enlightening examine the complicated visions of Asia dreamed over the a long time by means of American pop culture. She argues her provocative viewpoints with the verve and aptitude of a showman, in a booklet which is helping us to work out the entire international via new eyes."—David Henry Hwang, writer of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum music (2002)
"An terribly attention-grabbing research of ‘Cold conflict internationalism.’ Klein’s wonderful and creative interpreting of such musicals as South Pacific and The King and that i allows us to determine how tradition and geopolitics have been woven jointly to rework the chilly conflict order into today’s ethnically varied and economically interdependent world—within the framework of ‘U.S. worldwide expansion.’"—Akira Iriye, Professor of background, Harvard college, and writer, international Community
"Christina Klein takes a clean, stimulating, and enlightening examine the advanced visions of Asia dreamed over the many years by means of American pop culture. She argues her provocative viewpoints with the verve and aptitude of a showman, in a ebook which is helping us to work out the complete global via new eyes."-David Henry Hwang, writer of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum track (2002) "An terribly fascinating examine of 'Cold conflict internationalism.' Klein's incredible and creative interpreting of such musicals as South Pacific and The King and that i permits us to determine how tradition and geopolitics have been woven jointly to rework the chilly conflict order into today's ethnically various and economically interdependent world-within the framework of 'U.S. international expansion.'"-Akira Iriye, Professor of heritage, Harvard college, and writer, worldwide neighborhood
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