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

Synopsis

"Christina Klein takes a fresh, stimulating, and enlightening look at the complex visions of Asia dreamed over the decades by American popular culture. She argues her provocative viewpoints with the verve and flair of a showman, in a book which helps us to see the whole world through new eyes."--David Henry Hwang, author of "M. Butterfly and "Flower Drum Song (2002)

"An extraordinarily interesting study of 'Cold War internationalism.' Klein's brilliant and imaginative reading of such musicals as "South Pacific and "The King and I enables us to see how culture and geopolitics were woven together to transform the Cold War order into today's ethnically diverse and economically interdependent world--within the framework of 'U.S. global expansion.'"--Akira Iriye, Professor of History, Harvard University, and author, "Global Community