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Reimagining the American Pacific: From South Pacific to Bamboo Ridge and Beyond (review)

Reimagining the American Pacific: From South Pacific to Bamboo Ridge and Beyond (review) book and media reviews 219 the proper social order. There is a for- Reimagining the American Pacific: mal order to society, but the stories From South Pacific to Bamboo also say that no one has the right to Ridge and Beyond, by Rob Wilson. ignore or show disrespect to younger Durham: Duke University Press, 2000. siblings, to children, or to those with isbn 0–8223–2523–3; xix + 295 a disability (a man with leprosy is the pages, notes, index. Paper, us$18.95. hero in story 14). Yet other stories show how undesirable behavior leads That Rob Wilson’s magisterial survey to an unexpected end. In the fight of Hawai‘i’s literature and culture is at between good and evil, a common once revolutionary and out-of-date is theme, the stories claim that even the testimony to the volatility and strength lowliest, through ethical behavior or of contemporary literature in this state. even trickery, can defeat the forces At the center of Wilson’s book is a of evil. sympathetic history of the Bamboo Tobin also presents narratives of Ridge group of writers, foremost recent historical events, at the end of among them Eric Chock and Lois-Ann the volume. One of the most fasci- Yamanaka. He http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Reimagining the American Pacific: From South Pacific to Bamboo Ridge and Beyond (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 15 (1) – Feb 10, 2003

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2003 University of Hawai'i Press.
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book and media reviews 219 the proper social order. There is a for- Reimagining the American Pacific: mal order to society, but the stories From South Pacific to Bamboo also say that no one has the right to Ridge and Beyond, by Rob Wilson. ignore or show disrespect to younger Durham: Duke University Press, 2000. siblings, to children, or to those with isbn 0–8223–2523–3; xix + 295 a disability (a man with leprosy is the pages, notes, index. Paper, us$18.95. hero in story 14). Yet other stories show how undesirable behavior leads That Rob Wilson’s magisterial survey to an unexpected end. In the fight of Hawai‘i’s literature and culture is at between good and evil, a common once revolutionary and out-of-date is theme, the stories claim that even the testimony to the volatility and strength lowliest, through ethical behavior or of contemporary literature in this state. even trickery, can defeat the forces At the center of Wilson’s book is a of evil. sympathetic history of the Bamboo Tobin also presents narratives of Ridge group of writers, foremost recent historical events, at the end of among them Eric Chock and Lois-Ann the volume. One of the most fasci- Yamanaka. He

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Published: Feb 10, 2003

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