Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xvi

I could not have written this book without the generous support of the institutions on both sides of the Pacific that had faith in my project. My thanks go to the University of Tsukuba, my home institution. The Japan Foundation’s Abe fellowship enabled me to start work on this project in...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-31

The images that constitute America’s historical memory of the Japanese military strike on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941—primarily the battleship USS Arizona, the Japanese fighter aircraft Mitsubishi Zero, and African American “mess attendant” Doris Miller—originate in the...

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1. The Cartography of the Black Pacific: James Weldon Johnson's Along This Way

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pp. 32-57

Crossing the Pacific Ocean on the Dollar Steamship Line from Seattle in October 1929, James Weldon Johnson—the black novelist, poet, songwriter, journalist, civil rights activist, and diplomat known as the “Renaissance man” of the Harlem Renaissance—tells of witnessing a...

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2. Colored Empires in the 1930s: Black Internationalism, The US Black Press, and George S. Schuyler

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pp. 58-85

in this chapter, I argue that the Second Italo-Ethiopian War (1935–1936) was crucial to the formation of the fantasy of a colored empire organized around the dyad of the Ethiopian and Japanese Empires, and that George S. Schuyler, America’s most prominent black journalist of the...

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3. The Swing and the Sword in the Black Mikados: An Afro-Japanese Nexus in the US (White) Pacific Imagination

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pp. 86-115

During the new deal era of the 1930s in the United States, the government performed an important role as a cultural producer in directly delineating the imperial vision of a Pacific Community on the home front through the Federal Theatre Project (FTP), a state-sponsored public arts...

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4. “Spies and Spiders”: Langston Hughes and the Transpacific Intelligence Dragnet

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pp. 116-147

According to Kate Baldwin in Beyond the Color Line and the Iron Curtain, the currently fashionable concept of black transnationalism, the “black Atlantic,” entails the parochialism of excluding the Soviet Union from its critical terrain. Rather than approaching black American interest...

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5. The Manchurian Philosopher: W.E.B. Du Bois in the Eurasian Pacific

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pp. 148-184

There is perhaps no greater cinematic representation of the Cold War symbolism of Manchuria than The Manchurian Candidate (1962), a political science fiction film based on the 1959 best-selling novel of the same name by Richard Condon and starring Frank Sinatra. What this Cold...

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Epilogue

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pp. 185-198

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 1943 report Survey of Racial Conditions in the United States (RACON) was the result of a nationwide, yearlong investigation commissioned by its director, J. Edgar Hoover. The conclusion of the report opens with the claim that “subversive...

Notes

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pp. 199-240

Bibliography

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pp. 241-256

Index

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pp. 257-266