Transnational Crossroads


Transnational Crossroads

Remapping the Americas and the Pacific

Edited by Camilla Fojas and Rudy P. Guevarra Jr.

Borderlands and Transcultural Studies Series

496 pages
1 illustration


June 2012


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About the Book

The twentieth century was a time of unprecedented migration and interaction for Asian, Latin American, and Pacific Islander cultures in the Americas and the American Pacific. Some of these ethnic groups already had historic ties, but technology, migration, and globalization during the twentieth century brought them into even closer contact. Transnational Crossroads explores and triangulates for the first time the interactions and contacts among these three cultural groups that were brought together by the expanding American empire from 1867 to 1950.

Through a comparative framework, this volume weaves together narratives of U.S. and Spanish empire, globalization, resistance, and identity, as well as social, labor, and political movements. Contributors examine multiethnic celebrities and key figures, migratory paths, cultural productions, and social and political formations among these three groups. Engaging multiple disciplines and methodologies, these studies of Asian American, Latin American, and Pacific Islander cultural interactions explode traditional notions of ethnic studies and introduce new approaches to transnational and comparative studies of the Americas and the American Pacific.

Author Bio

Camilla Fojas is Vincent de Paul Professor and the director of Latin American and Latino studies at DePaul University. She is the author of Border Bandits: Hollywood on the Southern Frontier and coeditor of Mixed-Race Hollywood. Rudy P. Guevarra Jr. is an assistant professor of Asian Pacific American studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of Becoming Mexipino: Multiethnic Identities and Communities in San Diego and coeditor of Crossing Lines: Race and Mixed Race across the Geohistorical Divide.


Transnational Crossroads is impressive in scope and purpose, weaving together discourses and narratives of empire, globalization, resistance, and cultural politics of converging Asian, Latina, and Pacific Islander communities. Its focus is most welcome and so exciting for engagement in these issues.”—Rona Halualani, author of In the Name of Hawaiians: Native Identities and Cultural Politics

Transnational Crossroads is unique and a wonderful triangulation of Pacific Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos. It will be a sourcebook for both graduate and undergraduate courses in critical race studies, comparative ethnic studies, core courses in American studies, and migration studies.”—Martin F. Manalansan IV, author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora

"This book offers fresh new insights, as only such a broadly conceived interdisciplinary work could, into many different areas such as modern Asian, U.S., and global histories."—Kwangmin Kim, Journal of American Ethnic History

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


      Camilla Fojas and Rudy P. Guevarra Jr.

Part 1. The End of Empire: Spanish and U.S. Imperialism

1. Postcolonial Im/migration and Transnational Activist Practices: Filipino American and U.S. Puerto Rican Performance Poet Activism

      Faye Christine Caronan

2. Imperial Works: Writing the United States after 1898

      Camilla Fojas

3. Hawaiian Quilts, Global Domesticities, and Patterns of Counterhegemony

      Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez

Part 2. Comparative Racialization: Trans-American Pacific Racial Formations

4. Dismantling Privileged Settings: Japanese American Internees and Mexican Braceros at the Crossroads of World War II

      Jinah Kim

5. (De)Constructing Multiple Gaps: Divisions and Disparities between Asian Americans and Latina/os in a Los Angeles County High School

      Gilda L. Ochoa, Laura E. Enriquez, Sandra Hamada, and Jenniffer Rojas

6. Mabuhay Compañero: Filipinos, Mexicans, and Interethnic Labor Organizing in Hawai<OK>i and California, 1920s<EN>1940s

      Rudy P. Guevarra Jr.

Part 3. The American Pacific

7. Spectacles of Citizenship: Native Hawaiian Sovereignty Gets a Makeover

      Maile Arvin

8. From Captain Cook to Captain Kirk, or, From Colonial Exploration to Indigenous Exploitation: Issues of Hawaiian Land, Identity, and Nationhood in a "Postethnic" World

      ku<OK>ualoha ho<OK>omanawanui

9. Re-archiving Asian Settler Colonialism in a Time of Hawaiian Decolonization, or, Two Walks along Kamehameha Highway

      Bianca Isaki

10. Multitasking Mediators: Intracolonial Leadership in Filipino and Puerto Rican Communities in Hawai<OK>i, 1900<EN>1928

      JoAnna Poblete

Part 4. Crossroads of American Migration

11. The "Yellow Peril" in the United States and Peru: A Transnational History of Japanese Exclusion, 1920s<EN>World War II

      Erika Lee

12. Crossing Borders, Locating Home: Ethical Responsibility in Karen Tei Yamashita's Tropic of Orange

      Stella Oh

13. Chinese Migration to the Western Hemisphere: Multiraciality, Transgenerational Trauma, and Comparative Studies of the Americas

      Claudia Sadowski-Smith

14. Unequal Transpacific Capital Transfers: Japanese Brazilians and Japanese Americans in Japan

      Jane H. Yamashiro and Hugo Córdova Quero

15. Ganbateando: The Peruvian Nisei Association and Okinawan Peruvians in Los Angeles

      Ryan Masaaki Yokota



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