Rethinking East and West: Asian American Literature and Cold War Culture

Rethinking East and West: Asian American Literature and Cold War Culture DANIEL Y. KIM Jodi Kim, Ends of Empire: Asian American Critique and the Cold War. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2010. 320 pp. $75; $25.00 paper. hile earlier influential literary critical studies of how American culture took shape during the cold war have tended to focus on the U.S.-Soviet conflict, the past decade has seen the emergence of works that have looked toward a different version of the EastWest conflict by bringing into focus how America's Asia came to be constructed in this period. Whereas studies like Donald Pease's Visionary Compacts and Alan Nadel's Containment Culture persuasively demonstrated how thoroughly the literature and film of the post­1945 period were structured by the cultural logic of containment, chapters of Robert G. Lee's Orientals and Colleen Lye's America's Asia, as well as Christina Klein's book-length study, Cold War Orientalism, have provided an important corrective to the near exclusive attention given by these earlier critics to the U.S.-Soviet conflict. Klein's work, moreover, offers a valuable supplement to the paradigm of containment by foregrounding how pervasively the culture and foreign policy of the cold war years was determined by the logic of integration.1 To this group of influential studies, which http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Literature University of Wisconsin Press

Rethinking East and West: Asian American Literature and Cold War Culture

Contemporary Literature, Volume 52 (2) – Sep 4, 2011

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DANIEL Y. KIM Jodi Kim, Ends of Empire: Asian American Critique and the Cold War. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2010. 320 pp. $75; $25.00 paper. hile earlier influential literary critical studies of how American culture took shape during the cold war have tended to focus on the U.S.-Soviet conflict, the past decade has seen the emergence of works that have looked toward a different version of the EastWest conflict by bringing into focus how America's Asia came to be constructed in this period. Whereas studies like Donald Pease's Visionary Compacts and Alan Nadel's Containment Culture persuasively demonstrated how thoroughly the literature and film of the post­1945 period were structured by the cultural logic of containment, chapters of Robert G. Lee's Orientals and Colleen Lye's America's Asia, as well as Christina Klein's book-length study, Cold War Orientalism, have provided an important corrective to the near exclusive attention given by these earlier critics to the U.S.-Soviet conflict. Klein's work, moreover, offers a valuable supplement to the paradigm of containment by foregrounding how pervasively the culture and foreign policy of the cold war years was determined by the logic of integration.1 To this group of influential studies, which

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