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Hawaii at the Crossroads of the U.S. and Japan before the Pacific War$
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Jon Thares Davidann

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832254

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832254.001.0001

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From the Center to the Periphery

From the Center to the Periphery

Hawai‘i and the Pacific Community

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(p.13) Chapter 1 From the Center to the Periphery
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Hawaii at the Crossroads of the U.S. and Japan before the Pacific War
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Tomoko Akami

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832254.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the notion of a Pacific Community, an imagined community centered in the crossroads of Hawai‘i and the trans-Pacific relations in the 1920s. It was an expression of an American regional order by which a group of American elites attempted to institutionalize a multilateral and nonofficial mechanism to iron out the trans-Pacific relations. The chapter also demonstrates the images of Hawai‘i not only in U.S.–Japan relations but also in the wider realm of international relations in the 1920s and 1930s—one of which is the dominant representation of Hawai‘i among some naval strategists in the United States and Japan, which is in contrast with the image of Hawai‘i among IPR (Institute of Pacific Relations) members in both countries.

Keywords:   Pacific Community, Institute of Pacific Relations, Hawai‘i, trans-Pacific relations, U.S–Japan relations

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