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  • Forum Introduction
  • Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez (bio), Jana K. Lipman (bio), and Teresia Teaiwa (bio)

The contributors featured in this forum reflect the productive and provocative diversity in style, approach, archive, geographies, and methodologies that have been brought to bear on thinking about how tourism and militarism operate with, alongside, and against each other. All of them contend with personal genealogies of how tourism and militarism inspired their research, offer insights on the potentials and limits of these frameworks, and demonstrate the ways in which scholars continue to grapple with how the processes, histories, institutions, and discourses of tourism and militarism inform the shape of power in the world today. [End Page 527]

Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez

Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez is associate professor of American studies and director of the Honors Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is the author of Securing Paradise: Tourism and Militarism in Hawai‘i and the Philippines (Duke University Press, 2013), which was the 2015 winner of the Association for Asian American Studies Cultural Studies book award. Her work has also appeared most recently in Radical History Review and The Global South, and the collections Mobile Desires: The Politics and Erotics of Mobility Justice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Making the Empire Work: Labor and United States Imperialism (New York University Press, 2015) and Militarized Currents: Toward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific (University of Minnesota Press, 2010).

Jana K. Lipman

Jana K. Lipman is associate professor of history at Tulane University. She is the author of Guantánamo: A Working-Class History between Empire and Revolution (University of California Press, 2009), which was the 2009 co-winner of the Taft Prize in Labor History. She coedited Making the Empire Work: Labor and U.S. Imperialism (New York University Press, 2015) and cotranslated Ship of Fate: A Memoir of a Vietnamese Repatriate, by Trâ`n Đình Trụ (University of Hawai‘i Press, forthcoming). Her work has also appeared in American Quarterly, Immigrants and Minorities, the Journal of Asian American Studies, the Journal of American Ethnic History, the Journal of Military History, and Radical History Review.

Teresia Teaiwa

Teresia Teaiwa is director of Va’aomanū Pasifika: Programmes in Samoan Studies and Pacific Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. She is working on a book manuscript that examines the history of three generations of women soldiers from Fiji.



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