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"A Picture of Peace": Friendship in Interwar Pacific Women's Internationalism

"A Picture of Peace": Friendship in Interwar Pacific Women's Internationalism <p>Abstract:</p><p>During the interwar period, internationalists declared Hawai&apos;i the "new Geneva" of the Pacific: a locus for regional diplomacy, social reform, and cross-cultural exchange. This article examines the Pan-Pacific Women&apos;s Association (PPWA) as part of the emerging Honolulu-based Pan-Pacific internationalist movement. The PPWA enacted social reform grounded in ideals of antiracism, affective connection, and cross-cultural exchange. The article recuperates "friendship" in two ways: first, as a fundamental tenet of Pacific interwar internationalist praxis, and second, as an analytic attuned to internationalism&apos;s entanglements with empire, race, gender, and sexuality. Despite the PPWA&apos;s progressive antiracist liberal cosmopolitanism, the ideology and practice of international and interracial friendship often consolidated, rather than dismantled, hierarchies of race, nationality, class, gender, and sexuality.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences University of Nebraska Press

"A Picture of Peace": Friendship in Interwar Pacific Women&apos;s Internationalism

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University of Nebraska Press
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1938-8020

Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>During the interwar period, internationalists declared Hawai&apos;i the "new Geneva" of the Pacific: a locus for regional diplomacy, social reform, and cross-cultural exchange. This article examines the Pan-Pacific Women&apos;s Association (PPWA) as part of the emerging Honolulu-based Pan-Pacific internationalist movement. The PPWA enacted social reform grounded in ideals of antiracism, affective connection, and cross-cultural exchange. The article recuperates "friendship" in two ways: first, as a fundamental tenet of Pacific interwar internationalist praxis, and second, as an analytic attuned to internationalism&apos;s entanglements with empire, race, gender, and sexuality. Despite the PPWA&apos;s progressive antiracist liberal cosmopolitanism, the ideology and practice of international and interracial friendship often consolidated, rather than dismantled, hierarchies of race, nationality, class, gender, and sexuality.</p>

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Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social SciencesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Mar 28, 2019

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