Glamour in the Pacific: Cultural Internationalism and Race by Fiona Paisley

By Fiona Paisley

In view that its inception in 1928, the Pan-Pacific Women's organization (PPWA) has witnessed and contributed to huge, immense alterations in international and Pacific heritage. working out of Honolulu, this women's community tested a sequence of meetings that promoted social reform and an internationalist outlook via cultural alternate. For the various ladies interested in the undertaking - from China, Japan, the Pacific Islands, and the most important settler colonies of the quarter - the association's imaginative and prescient was once tremendously appealing, although as contributors and nationwide representatives they remained deeply divided by way of colonial histories. "Glamour within the Pacific" tells this multifaceted tale by means of bringing jointly severe scholarship from throughout quite a lot of fields, together with cultural background, diplomacy and globalization, gender and empire, postcolonial experiences, inhabitants and global well-being reports, international heritage, and transnational heritage. The internationalist imaginative and prescient of the early 20th century imagined an international within which race and empire were relegated to the prior. major numbers of ladies from round the Pacific introduced this shared imaginative and prescient to the energetic, even glamorous, political test of the Pan-Pacific Women's organization. Fiona Paisley relates the tales of this notable crew of ladies and illuminates the demanding situations and rewards in their politics of antiracism - person who nonetheless resonates this present day.

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Vivia Appleton (who had returned from YWCA work in China), and Rosamond Morgan, from a missionary family and president of the League of Women Voters in Honolulu. Julia Swanzy, Morgan’s mother and the head of the women’s auxiliary of the PPU, would lead these women in forming the Conference Committee (to plan for the first conference) and would later chair the Executive Committee of the second conference, becoming the honorary president of the PPWA from its formation in 1930 until World War II. Ann Satterthwaite, a Quaker (United Association of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and World Brotherhood), was to become secretary of the association, regularly corresponding with its members around the Pacific and serving as a linchpin at its Honolulu headquarters.

Writing of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Euro-American internationalism, Leila Rupp has argued that women’s conferences reflected efforts to create a collective identity of and for membership. 25 PPWA conferences ascribed to this imperative too, but obversely—that is, by making the disorienting but pleasurable experience of cultural difference integral to its community identity. In effect, conferences were akin to cultural events, where non-Western people performed cultural diversity, whether through the cultural troupes employed by the conference organizers or in the donning of traditional dress by non-Western delegates.

104 Within the PPWA, the practice of cross-cultural friendship meant challenging deeply held suspicions about difference that blocked peaceful relations between peoples and cultures. The idea was that from individual change would grow world change, an aim necessarily difficult to translate into practice or to quantify and, as we have noted, ultimately doomed in its wish to transcend history— although, as this book argues, the attempt is worthy of our attention. In the 1930s at least one leading delegate would refuse to treat cross-cultural awareness with the worthiness often reached in opening conference keynotes, her irreverent accounts of conference meetings (discussed in chapter 3) a welcome counterpoint.

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