Asia/Pacific as Space of Cultural Production

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Rob Wilson, Arif Dirlik
Duke University Press, 1995 - History - 360 pages
The Pacific, long a source of fantasies for EuroAmerican consumption and a testing ground for the development of EuroAmerican production, is often misrepresented by the West as one-dimensional, culturally monolithic. Although the Asia/Pacific region occupies a prominent place in geopolitical thinking, little is available to readers outside the region concerning the resistant communities and cultures of Pacific and Asian peoples. Asia/Pacific as Space of Cultural Production fills that gap by documenting the efforts of diverse indigenous cultures to claim and reimagine Asia/Pacific as a space for their own cultural production.
From New Zealand to Japan, Taiwan to Hawaii, this innovative volume presents essays, poems, and memoirs by prominent Asia/Pacific writers that resist appropriation by transnational capitalism through the articulation of autonomous local identities and counter-histories of place and community. In addition, cultural critics spanning several locations and disciplines deconstruct representations--particularly those on film and in novels--that perpetuate Asia/Pacific as a realm of EuroAmerican fantasy.
This collection, a much expanded edition of boundary 2, offers a new perception of the Asia/Pacific region by presenting the Pacific not as a paradise or vast emptiness, but as a place where living, struggling peoples have constructed contemporary identities out of a long history of hegemony and resistance. Asia/Pacific as Space of Cultural Production will prove stimulating to readers with an interest in the Asia/Pacific region, and to scholars in the fields of Asian, American, Pacific, postcolonial, and cultural studies.

Contributors. Joseph P. Balaz, Chris Bongie, William A. Callahan, Thomas Carmichael, Leo Ching, Chiu Yen Liang (Fred), Chungmoo Choi, Christopher L. Connery, Arif Dirlik, John Fielder, Miriam Fuchs, Epeli Hau`ofa, Lawson Fusao Inada, M. Consuelo León W., Katharyne Mitchell, Masao Miyoshi, Steve Olive, Theophil Saret Reuney, Peter Schwenger, Subramani, Terese Svoboda, Jeffrey Tobin, Haunani-Kay Trask, John Whittier Treat, Tsushima Yuko, Albert Wendt, Rob Wilson

 

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Contents

AsiaPacific as Space
1
Consuelo Leon W Foundations of the American lmage of
17
The U S Global
31
William A Callahan and Steve Olive Chemical Weapons Discourse
57
Lawson Fusao lnada Shrinking the Pacific
80
Movements
96
Chiu Yen Liang Fred From the Politics of ldentity to an Alternative
120
HaunaniKay Trask Hawaii
170
Albert Wendt Three Poems for Kenzaburo Oe
204
Memories of the Postcolonial Future
249
Japanese Mass Culture
262
Katharyne Mitchell The Hong Kong lmmigrant and the Urban
284
Peter Schwenger and John Whittier Treat Americas Hiroshima
324
Theophil Saret Reuney trans The Pulling of Olaps Canoe
345
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Rob Wilson is Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the author of Reimagining the American Pacific.

Arif Dirlik is Professor of History at Duke University and the editor of What Is in a Rim?

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