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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

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

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833428.003.0001

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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