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Cold War Orientalism Asia in the Middlebrow Imagination, 1945-1961

Author: Christina Klein
Publisher: Berkerley University of California Press Ann Arbor, Michigan ProQuest 2003
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In the years following World War II, American writers and artists produced a steady stream of popular stories about Americans living, working, and traveling in Asia and the Pacific. Meanwhile the U.S., competing with the Soviet Union for global power, extended its reach into Asia to an unprecedented degree. This book reveals that these trends--the proliferation of Orientalist culture and the expansion of U.S.  Read more...
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Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christina Klein
ISBN: 9780520936256 0520936256
OCLC Number: 704497981
Accession No: (DE-599)HEB403851440 (OCoLC)704497981
Description: 1 Online-Ressource (252 pages)
Contents: List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Sentimental Education: Creating a Global Imaginary of Integration 2. Reader's Digest, Saturday review, and the Middlebrow Aesthetic of Commitment 3. How to Be an American Abroad: James Michener's The Voice of Asia and Postwar Mass Tourism 4. Family Ties as Political Obligation: Oscar Hammerstein II, South Pacific, and the Discourse of Adoption 5. Musicals and Modernization: The King and I 6. Asians in America: Flower Drum Song and Hawaii Conclusion Notes Index

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