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Cold War Orientalism: Asia in the Middlebrow Imagination, by Christina Klein

By Christina Klein

Within the years following international battle II, American writers and artists produced a gradual move of renowned tales approximately american citizens dwelling, 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 ebook finds that those trends—the proliferation of Orientalist tradition and the growth of U.S. power—were associated in complicated and astonishing methods. whereas so much cultural historians of the chilly warfare have involved in the tradition of containment, Christina Klein reads the postwar interval as one in all overseas fiscal and political integration—a distinctive bankruptcy within the technique of U.S.-led globalization.

Through her research of a variety of texts and cultural phenomena—including Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific and The King and that i, James Michener's go back and forth essays and novel Hawaii, and Eisenhower's People-to-People Program—Klein indicates how U.S. coverage makers, including middlebrow artists, writers, and intellectuals, created a tradition of world integration that represented the expansion of U.S. energy in Asia because the forging of emotionally pleasant bonds among americans and Asians. Her e-book enlarges Edward Said's inspiration of Orientalism on the way to carry to mild a cultural narrative approximately either household and foreign integration that also resonates today.

Reviews:

"Christina Klein takes a clean, stimulating, and enlightening examine the complicated visions of Asia dreamed over the a long time through 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 full international via new eyes."—David Henry Hwang, writer of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum tune (2002)

"An terribly fascinating learn of ‘Cold conflict internationalism.’ Klein’s amazing and ingenious studying 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 rework the chilly struggle order into today’s ethnically various and economically interdependent world—within the framework of ‘U.S. international expansion.’"—Akira Iriye, Professor of heritage, Harvard college, and writer, worldwide Community

"Christina Klein takes a clean, stimulating, and enlightening examine the advanced visions of Asia dreamed over the many years 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 determine the total international via new eyes."-David Henry Hwang, writer of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum tune (2002) "An terribly attention-grabbing examine of 'Cold struggle internationalism.' Klein's marvelous and ingenious examining 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 rework the chilly warfare order into today's ethnically diversified and economically interdependent world-within the framework of 'U.S. worldwide expansion.'"-Akira Iriye, Professor of historical past, Harvard collage, and writer, international neighborhood

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