Cold War Orientalism: Asia in the Middlebrow Imagination, 1945-1961 / Edition 1

Cold War Orientalism: Asia in the Middlebrow Imagination, 1945-1961 / Edition 1

by Christina Klein
     
 


"Christina Klein takes a fresh, stimulating, and enlightening look at the complex visions of Asia dreamed over the decades by American popular culture. She argues her provocative viewpoints with the verve and flair of a showman, in a book which helps us to see the whole world through new eyes."—David Henry Hwang, author of M. Butterfly and FlowerSee more details below

Overview


"Christina Klein takes a fresh, stimulating, and enlightening look at the complex visions of Asia dreamed over the decades by American popular culture. She argues her provocative viewpoints with the verve and flair of a showman, in a book which helps us to see the whole world through new eyes."—David Henry Hwang, author of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum Song (2002)

"An extraordinarily interesting study of ‘Cold War internationalism.’ Klein’s brilliant and imaginative reading of such musicals as South Pacific and The King and I enables us to see how culture and geopolitics were woven together to transform the Cold War order into today’s ethnically diverse and economically interdependent world—within the framework of ‘U.S. global expansion.’"—Akira Iriye, Professor of History, Harvard University, and author, Global Community

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520232303
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/10/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
754,036
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Sentimental Education: Creating a Global Imaginary of Integration19
2Reader's Digest, Saturday Review, and the Middlebrow Aesthetic of Commitment61
3How to Be an American Abroad: James Michener's The Voice of Asia and Postwar Mass Tourism100
4Family Ties as Political Obligation: Oscar Hammerstein II, South Pacific, and the Discourse of Adoption143
5Musicals and Modernization: The King and I191
6Asians in America: Flower Drum Song and Hawaii223
Conclusion265
Notes277
Index303

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >