Asia/Pacific as Space of Cultural Production

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Overview

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 Hauofa, 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822316435
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Boundary Two Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction: Asia/Pacific as Space of Cultural Production 1
Foundations of the American Image of the Pacific 17
Pacific Rim Discourse: The U.S. Global Imaginary in the Late Cold War Years 30
Chemical Weapons Discourse in the "South Pacific" 57
Shrinking the Pacific 80
Memory 82
Turning It Over 84
Our Sea of Islands 86
Sacred Sites and the City: Urban Aboriginality, Ambivalence, and Modernity 101
From the Politics of Identity to an Alternative Cultural Politics: On Taiwan Primordial Inhabitants' A-systemic Movement 120
Cultural Construction and Native Nationalism: Report from the Hawaiian Front 147
Hawaii 170
Da Mainland to Me 175
Childhood as a Fiction 177
Three Poems for Kenzaburo Oe 204
Reading toward the Indigenous Pacific: Patricia Grace's Potiki: a Case Study 206
The Last Frontier: Memories of the Postcolonial Future in Keri Hulme's the bone people 226
The 747 Poem 250
The Little Grass Shack 251
The Possibility of Imagination in These Islands 255
Imaginings in the Empires of the Sun: Japanese Mass Culture in Asia 262
The Hong Kong Immigrant and the Urban Landscape: Shaping the Transnational Cosmopolitan in the Era of Pacific Rim Capital 284
Postmodernism and American Cultural Difference: Dispatches, Mystery Train, and The Art of Japanese Management 311
America's Hiroshima, Hiroshima's America 324
The Pulling of Olap's Canoe 345
Contributors 351
Index 355
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