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Glamour in the PacificCultural Internationalism and Race Politics in the Women's Pan-Pacific$
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Fiona Paisley

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833428

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833428.001.0001

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Civilization at the Crossroads

Civilization at the Crossroads

(p.29) One Civilization at the Crossroads
Glamour in the Pacific

Fiona Paisley

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter investigates the origins of the Pan-Pacific women's cultural internationalist movement within a larger Pacific-based call for a new world civilization. It then describes the first Pan-Pacific Women's Conference held in Honolulu in 1928. Initially anticipated as a women's forum on maternal health, the Pan-Pacific Women's Association (PPWA) quickly emerged as a reform network with wide-ranging welfare and social justice interests reflecting those of its predominantly middle-class clientele from both sides of the Pacific. While Western women's agendas concerning social reform and the parameters of cultural internationalism dominated these early years, the paradigm of East-West exchange would be central to its purpose. The second half of the chapter focuses on the protest made by the Chinese delegates concerning Pan-Pacific internationalism's claim to speak for the future of all women in the region.

Keywords:   Pan-Pacific women, cultural internationalist movement, Pan-Pacific Women's Association, PPWA, internationalism, welfare, social justice, social reform

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