9780520271692

Pacific Connections

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520271692

  • ISBN10:

    0520271696

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/12/2012
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr
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Summary

In the late nineteenth century the borderlands between the United States, the British Empire in Canada, and the Asia-Pacific Rim emerged as a crossroads of the Pacific world. In Pacific Connections, Kornel Chang tells the dramatic stories of the laborers, merchants, smugglers, and activists who crossed these borders into the twentieth century, and the American and British empire-builders who countered them by hardening racial and national lines. But even as settler societies attempted to control the terms of global integration, their project fractured under its contradictions. Migrant workers and radical activists pursued a transnational politics through the very networks that made empire possible. Charting the U.S.-Canadian borderlands from above and below, Pacific Connectionsreveals the messiness of imperial formation and the struggles it spawned from multiple locations and through different actors across the Pacific world.

Author Biography

Kornel Chang is Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in Newark.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Brokering Empire: The Making of a Chinese Transnational Managerial Elitep. 17
Contracting Between Empires: Imperial Labor Circuits in the Pacificp. 54
Circulating Race and Empire: White Labor Activism and the Transnational Politics of Anti-Asian Agitationp. 89
Pacific Insurgencies: Revolution, Resistance, and the Recuperation of Asian Manhoodp. 117
Policing Migrants and Militants: In Defense of Nation and Empire in the Borderlandsp. 147
Epilogue and Conclusionp. 179
Notesp. 193
Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 253
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