By Christina Klein
Within the years following global conflict II, American writers and artists produced a gentle circulation of well known tales approximately american citizens residing, operating, and touring in Asia and the Pacific. in the meantime the united states, competing with the Soviet Union for worldwide energy, prolonged its achieve into Asia to an extraordinary measure. This e-book finds that those trends—the proliferation of Orientalist tradition and the growth of U.S. power—were associated in complicated and amazing methods. whereas such a lot cultural historians of the chilly battle have eager about the tradition of containment, Christina Klein reads the postwar interval as one in all foreign monetary and political integration—a precise bankruptcy within the strategy of U.S.-led globalization.
Through her research of a variety of texts and cultural phenomena—including Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific and The King and that i, James Michener's shuttle 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. energy in Asia because the forging of emotionally pleasing bonds among american citizens and Asians. Her ebook enlarges Edward Said's suggestion of Orientalism with a view to deliver 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 via American pop culture. She argues her provocative viewpoints with the verve and aptitude of a showman, in a publication which is helping us to work out the complete global via new eyes."—David Henry Hwang, writer of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum tune (2002)
"An terribly attention-grabbing research of ‘Cold struggle internationalism.’ Klein’s excellent and creative examining of such musicals as South Pacific and The King and that i allows us to work out how tradition and geopolitics have been woven jointly to remodel the chilly warfare order into today’s ethnically varied and economically interdependent world—within the framework of ‘U.S. international expansion.’"—Akira Iriye, Professor of heritage, Harvard collage, and writer, international Community
"Christina Klein takes a clean, stimulating, and enlightening examine the complicated visions of Asia dreamed over the many years by way 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 determine the entire international via new eyes."-David Henry Hwang, writer of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum music (2002) "An terribly fascinating learn of 'Cold battle internationalism.' Klein's fabulous and innovative analyzing 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 assorted and economically interdependent world-within the framework of 'U.S. worldwide expansion.'"-Akira Iriye, Professor of background, Harvard collage, and writer, worldwide neighborhood