Transnational Crossroads: Remapping the Americas and the Pacific

Transnational Crossroads: Remapping the Americas and the Pacific


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The twentieth century was a time of unprecedented migration and interaction for Asian, Latin American, and Pacific Islander cultures in the Americas and the American Pacific. Some of these ethnic groups already had historic ties, but technology, migration, and globalization during the twentieth century brought them into even closer contact. Transnational Crossroads explores and triangulates for the first time the interactions and contacts among these three cultural groups that were brought together by the expanding American empire from 1867 to 1950.

Through a comparative framework, this volume weaves together narratives of U.S. and Spanish empire, globalization, resistance, and identity, as well as social, labor, and political movements. Contributors examine multiethnic celebrities and key figures, migratory paths, cultural productions, and social and political formations among these three groups. Engaging multiple disciplines and methodologies, these studies of Asian American, Latin American, and Pacific Islander cultural interactions explode traditional notions of ethnic studies and introduce new approaches to transnational and comparative studies of the Americas and the American Pacific.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803237957
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Series: Borderlands and Transcultural Studies
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Camilla Fojas is Vincent de Paul Professor and the director of Latin American and Latino studies at DePaul University. She is the author of Border Bandits: Hollywood on the Southern Frontier and coeditor of Mixed-Race Hollywood. Rudy P. Guevarra Jr. is an assistant professor of Asian Pacific American studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of Becoming Mexipino: Multiethnic Identities and Communities in San Diego and coeditor of Crossing Lines: Race and Mixed Race across the Geohistorical Divide.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


      Camilla Fojas and Rudy P. Guevarra Jr.

Part 1. The End of Empire: Spanish and U.S. Imperialism

1. Postcolonial Im/migration and Transnational Activist Practices: Filipino American and U.S. Puerto Rican Performance Poet Activism

      Faye Christine Caronan

2. Imperial Works: Writing the United States after 1898

      Camilla Fojas

3. Hawaiian Quilts, Global Domesticities, and Patterns of Counterhegemony

      Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez

Part 2. Comparative Racialization: Trans-American Pacific Racial Formations

4. Dismantling Privileged Settings: Japanese American Internees and Mexican Braceros at the Crossroads of World War II

      Jinah Kim

5. (De)Constructing Multiple Gaps: Divisions and Disparities between Asian Americans and Latina/os in a Los Angeles County High School

      Gilda L. Ochoa, Laura E. Enriquez, Sandra Hamada, and Jenniffer Rojas

6. Mabuhay Compañero: Filipinos, Mexicans, and Interethnic Labor Organizing in Hawaii and California, 1920s1940s

      Rudy P. Guevarra Jr.

Part 3. The American Pacific

7. Spectacles of Citizenship: Native Hawaiian Sovereignty Gets a Makeover

      Maile Arvin

8. From Captain Cook to Captain Kirk, or, From Colonial Exploration to Indigenous Exploitation: Issues of Hawaiian Land, Identity, and Nationhood in a "Postethnic" World

      kuualoha hoomanawanui

9. Re-archiving Asian Settler Colonialism in a Time of Hawaiian Decolonization, or, Two Walks along Kamehameha Highway

      Bianca Isaki

10. Multitasking Mediators: Intracolonial Leadership in Filipino and Puerto Rican Communities in Hawaii, 19001928

      JoAnna Poblete

Part 4. Crossroads of American Migration

11. The "Yellow Peril" in the United States and Peru: A Transnational History of Japanese Exclusion, 1920sWorld War II

      Erika Lee

12. Crossing Borders, Locating Home: Ethical Responsibility in Karen Tei Yamashita's Tropic of Orange

      Stella Oh

13. Chinese Migration to the Western Hemisphere: Multiraciality, Transgenerational Trauma, and Comparative Studies of the Americas

      Claudia Sadowski-Smith

14. Unequal Transpacific Capital Transfers: Japanese Brazilians and Japanese Americans in Japan

      Jane H. Yamashiro and Hugo Córdova Quero

15. Ganbateando: The Peruvian Nisei Association and Okinawan Peruvians in Los Angeles

      Ryan Masaaki Yokota



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