By Christina Klein
Within the years following global warfare II, American writers and artists produced a gradual circulation of renowned tales approximately americans residing, operating, and touring in Asia and the Pacific. in the meantime the united states, competing with the Soviet Union for worldwide strength, prolonged its succeed in into Asia to an unparalleled measure. This e-book finds that those trends—the proliferation of Orientalist tradition and the growth of U.S. power—were associated in advanced and fabulous methods. whereas such a lot cultural historians of the chilly battle have fascinated about the tradition of containment, Christina Klein reads the postwar interval as one among overseas financial and political integration—a precise bankruptcy within the technique 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 commute 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 world integration that represented the expansion of U.S. strength in Asia because the forging of emotionally pleasing bonds among american citizens and Asians. Her publication enlarges Edward Said's idea of Orientalism with a purpose to carry to gentle a cultural narrative approximately either household and overseas integration that also resonates today.
"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 publication which is helping us to determine the total global via new eyes."—David Henry Hwang, writer of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum track (2002)
"An terribly fascinating examine of ‘Cold battle internationalism.’ Klein’s exceptional and innovative interpreting of such musicals as South Pacific and The King and that i permits us to work out how tradition and geopolitics have been woven jointly to remodel the chilly battle order into today’s ethnically assorted and economically interdependent world—within the framework of ‘U.S. international expansion.’"—Akira Iriye, Professor of background, Harvard collage, and writer, international Community
"Christina Klein takes a clean, stimulating, and enlightening examine the complicated visions of Asia dreamed over the a long time by way of 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 total international via new eyes."-David Henry Hwang, writer of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum music (2002) "An terribly fascinating examine of 'Cold conflict internationalism.' Klein's really good and creative examining 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 battle order into today's ethnically different and economically interdependent world-within the framework of 'U.S. worldwide expansion.'"-Akira Iriye, Professor of background, Harvard college, and writer, international group