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Empire and Environment argues that histories of imperialism, colonialism, militarism, and global capitalism are integral to understanding environmental violence in the transpacific region. The collection draws its rationale from the imbrication of imperialism and global environmental crisis, but its inspiration from the ecological work of activists, artists, and intellectuals across the transpacific region. Taking a postcolonial, ecocritical approach to confronting ecological ruin in an age of ecological crises and environmental catastrophes on a global scale, the collection demonstrates how Asian North American, Asian diasporic, and Indigenous Pacific Island cultural expressions critique a de-historicized sense of place, attachment, and belonging. In addition to its thirteen chapters from scholars who span the Pacific, each part of this volume begins with a poem by Craig Santos Perez. The volume also features a foreword by Macarena Gómez-Barris and an afterword by Priscilla Wald.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
  2. p. i
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. ii-iii
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-xi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. “Jeffrey Santa Ana, Heidi Amin-Hong, Rina Garcia Chua, and Zhou Xiaojing” Excerpt From Empire and Environment Jeffrey Santa Ana This material may be protected by copyright.
  3. pp. 1-30
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  1. Part I. (Framing) Postcolonial Ecocritical Approaches to the Asia-Pacific
  2. Craig Santos Perez
  3. pp. 31-34
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  1. 1. Transpacific Queer Ecologies Ecological Ruin, Imperialist Nostalgia, and Indigenous Erasure in Han Ong’s The Disinherited
  2. Jeffrey Santa Ana
  3. pp. 35-61
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  1. 2. Cycas wadei and Enduring White Space
  2. Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez
  3. pp. 62-79
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  1. 3. Rust and Recovery: A Study of South Indian Goddess Films
  2. Chitra Sankaran
  3. pp. 80-93
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  1. 4. "If We Return We Will Learn": Empire, Poetry, and Biocultural Knowledge in Papua New Guinea
  2. John Charles Ryan
  3. pp. 94-110
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  1. Part II. Militarized Environments
  2. Craig Santos Perez
  3. pp. 111-113
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  1. 5. Environmental Violence and the Vietnam War in lê thi diem thúy’s The Gangster We Are All Looking For
  2. Emily Cheng
  3. pp. 114-128
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  1. 6. Toxic Waters: Vietnamese Ecologies in the Afterlives of Empire
  2. Heidi Amin-Hong
  3. pp. 129-145
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  1. 7. Haunted by Empires: Micronesian Ecopoetry against Colonial Ruination
  2. Zhou Xiaojing
  3. pp. 146-172
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  1. Part III. Decolonizing the Transpacific
  2. Craig Santos Perez
  3. pp. 173-178
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  1. 8. Risk and Resistance at Pōhakuloa
  2. Rebecca H. Hogue
  3. pp. 179-191
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  1. 9. "Disentrancing": the Rot of Colonialism in Philippine and Canadian Ecopoetry
  2. Rina Garcia Chua
  3. pp. 192-206
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  1. 10. Representing Postcolonial Water Environments in Contemporary Taiwanese Literature
  2. Ti-Han Chang
  3. pp. 207-225
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  1. Part IV. Climate Justice and Ecological Futurities
  2. Craig Santos Perez
  3. pp. 226-228
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  1. 11. Climate Justice in the Transpacific Novel
  2. Amy Lee
  3. pp. 229-243
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  1. 12. Rising Like Waves: Drowning Settler Colonial Rhetoric with Aloha
  2. Emalani Case
  3. pp. 244-257
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  1. 13. Imperial Debris, Vibrant Matter: Plastic in the Hands of Asian American and Kanaka Maoli Artists
  2. Chad Shomura
  3. pp. 258-276
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  1. Afterword: "A New Way beyond the Darkness"
  2. Priscilla Wald
  3. pp. 277-284
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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