By Christina Klein
Within the years following international battle II, American writers and artists produced a gradual movement of renowned tales approximately american citizens residing, operating, and touring in Asia and the Pacific. in the meantime the united states, competing with the Soviet Union for international energy, prolonged its achieve into Asia to an unparalleled measure. This booklet unearths that those trends—the proliferation of Orientalist tradition and the growth of U.S. power—were associated in advanced and excellent methods. whereas so much cultural historians of the chilly struggle have excited by the tradition of containment, Christina Klein reads the postwar interval as certainly one of foreign fiscal and political integration—a special bankruptcy within the means 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 trip 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 worldwide integration that represented the expansion of U.S. energy in Asia because the forging of emotionally gratifying bonds among american citizens and Asians. Her booklet enlarges Edward Said's idea of Orientalism as a way to convey to mild a cultural narrative approximately either household and overseas integration that also resonates today.
"Christina Klein takes a clean, stimulating, and enlightening examine the complicated visions of Asia dreamed over the a long time by means of American pop culture. She argues her provocative viewpoints with the verve and aptitude of a showman, in a e-book which is helping us to determine the full international via new eyes."—David Henry Hwang, writer of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum track (2002)
"An terribly attention-grabbing research of ‘Cold battle internationalism.’ Klein’s superb and resourceful examining of such musicals as South Pacific and The King and that i allows us to determine how tradition and geopolitics have been woven jointly to remodel the chilly warfare order into today’s ethnically different 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 complicated visions of Asia dreamed over the a long time via American pop culture. She argues her provocative viewpoints with the verve and aptitude of a showman, in a ebook which is helping us to work out the full global via new eyes."-David Henry Hwang, writer of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum track (2002) "An terribly fascinating examine of 'Cold conflict internationalism.' Klein's incredible 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 warfare order into today's ethnically varied and economically interdependent world-within the framework of 'U.S. international expansion.'"-Akira Iriye, Professor of historical past, Harvard college, and writer, worldwide group
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Cold War Orientalism: Asia in the Middlebrow Imagination, 1945-1961 by Christina Klein