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Due to the fact its inception in 1928, the Pan-Pacific Women's organization (PPWA) has witnessed and contributed to huge, immense alterations in global and Pacific heritage. working out of Honolulu, this women's community verified a chain of meetings that promoted social reform and an internationalist outlook via cultural alternate. For the various ladies drawn to the undertaking - from China, Japan, the Pacific Islands, and the foremost settler colonies of the quarter - the association's imaginative and prescient was once vastly appealing, even though as contributors and nationwide representatives they remained deeply divided by way of colonial histories. "Glamour within the Pacific" tells this multifaceted tale by way of bringing jointly severe scholarship from throughout quite a lot of fields, together with cultural heritage, diplomacy and globalization, gender and empire, postcolonial stories, inhabitants and global health and wellbeing experiences, international historical past, and transnational heritage. The internationalist imaginative and prescient of the early 20th century imagined a global during which race and empire have been relegated to the prior. major numbers of girls from round the Pacific introduced this shared imaginative and prescient to the vigorous, even glamorous, political test of the Pan-Pacific Women's organization. Fiona Paisley relates the tales of this notable crew of ladies and illuminates the demanding situations and rewards in their politics of antiracism - person who nonetheless resonates this day.

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98 At the same time as “progress” in the West was being questioned by Pacific internationalists, and “race” was rejected by progressives as a measure of capacity for advancement, the idea of “national culture” as a way of reformulating global civilization remained attractive to many contemporary progressives, including women in the PPWA. In her discussion of pre-World War I British imperial feminist interests in “the Indian Woman,” Antoinette Burton has pointed to the fundamental interconnection between the imperial and the national in feminist articulations of their civilizing mission within the British imperial nation-state.

The maternal theme was at first dominant. Jane Addams would note in her opening address at the first conference that motherhood offered Civilization at the Crossroads 31 a unifying subject on which to found a women’s Pan-Pacific organization. Industrial development across the region was uneven, she argued, and many women in the region retained a closer relationship to family and community life. 6 But a focus on motherhood did not necessarily imply a “woman-centered” approach to maternity or infant health.

Chapter 5 investigates the relationship between handcraft and identity promoted at the 1952 conference and how the cold war affected the ideal of international cooperation in the era of decolonization. At the 1955 conference, held in the Philippines, the association changed its name in response to the growing importance of women from Southeast Asia to its profile and future. In chapter 6 the appearance of the first African American woman at the 1937 conference is compared with the first African American delegate, who in 1955 brought to the fore questions about the relationship of US race relations with the Pan-Pacific cultural internationalist project.

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