© 2009

Trans-Pacific Interactions

The United States and China, 1880–1950

  • Editors
  • Vanessa Künnemann
  • Ruth Mayer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Transnational Nationalisms—China and the United States in a Pacific World: An Introduction

  3. Nationalisms and Configurations of National Identity in China and the United States

  4. Chinese America, Citizenship, Nationality, and the World

  5. Missionary Interventions: Cultural Mediation in China and the United States

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 205-210

About this book


This book explores particular facets of the history and representation of the Pacific Rim region, fo­cusing on the interactions between the United States and China at the beginning of the twentieth century. It critically examines contemporary discourses on such seemingly recent concepts as transna­tion­alism and cultural citizenship, showing that they can ac­tually be traced much further back, and that they are closely tied to the debates around nationalism, global capitalism, and religion of the time. This series of reflections on political exchanges and conflicts offers a special focus on the cultural - literary, popular, and religious - implications of these interactions.


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About the authors

RUTH MAYER is the Chair of American Studies at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-University in Hanover, Germany.   VANESSA KÜNNEMANN is an Assistant Professor in American Studies at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-University, Germany.

Bibliographic information


"The book provides insights into how national and individual identities within both China and the United States were influenced by processes, perceptions, and activities in other countries." - H-Net

"This collection complicates our picture of U.S. history by demonstrating the ways in which transnational interactions shaped the dynamics of a society that was influenced by, and defined itself through/against, the trans-Pacific flows of ideas, goods, and people. In this way, Trans-Pacific Interactions fits well into a scholarly debate that attempts to transnationalize U.S. history." - Sebastian Conrad, European University Institute, Florence

"Trans-Pacific Interactions reminds us the best scholarship restlessly probes and reframes, defying static fields, separations, and national borders. Chinese studies has never been strictly Chinese, American studies never simply Euro-American, and Chinese-American studies never just of an ethnic group. This is an excellent, forward-thinking colloquy of top scholars contextualized wonderfully by our German colleagues Mayer and Künnemann." - John Kuo Wei Tchen, New York University and Museum of Chinese in America