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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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Race Politics in the Cold War

Race Politics in the Cold War

(p.189) Six Race Politics in the Cold War
Glamour in the Pacific

Fiona Paisley

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the 1955 Pan-Pacific Women's Conference held in Manila, Philippines. As in previous years, organizers sought to encourage that the viewpoints of non-Western women be heard. Concerns expressed in this regard saw women ascribed in what would today be considered broadly ethnic commonalities, given that the Pacific region was, in the postwar era, increasingly conceived as a series of subregions home to separate cultural/racial types and to concomitant degrees of advancement. Responding to these massive changes, by the end of the two-week conference the Pan-Pacific Women's Association had taken the momentous step of changing its name to the Pan-Pacific and South East Asia Women's Association (PPSEAWA). The chapter also discusses how conference was marred by the specter of communist sympathy; how race politics were intimately interlaced with the cultural internationalism of the PPSEAWA; and the multiplicity of politics possible under interwar government surveillance and even during the Cold War.

Keywords:   Pan-Pacific Women's Conference, Pan-Pacific and South East Asia Women's Association, PPSEAWA, communist sympathy, race politics, cultural iternationalism

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