Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Call for Manuscripts: Gendering the Trans-Pacific World: Diaspora, Empire, and Race

I'm honored that my artwork "Kibei Nisei" is being used for the the cover illustration of Gendering the Trans-Pacific World.

Cover Illustration:
This painting “Kibei Nisei,” (oil on canvas, 30 x 45 in., 2012) by Laura Kina, is based on a photograph of the artist’s grandmother, Mitsue, and her older sister Nubue, taken around 1937. They are standing in front of a ship named the Kamakura Maru, probably in a port stop in Tokyo en route from Honolulu to Okinawa. Mitsue’s older sisters were Kibei, born in Hilo, Hawaiʻi but raised in Yonabaru, Okinawa from the age of five years old through high school. Kina’s grandmother had come to join them to finish high school and to help take care of her nephews and nieces. She was already seventeen when she arrived and spoke Pidgin English/Japanese and could not fully understand the local Uchinaguchi language or even standard Japanese. Because of this, she had difficulties assimilating into life and school in Okinawa, and so she went back to Hawaiʻi after only six months. []

Call for Manuscripts: Gendering the Trans-Pacific World: Diaspora, Empire, and Race (GTPW)

Series Editors: Catherine Ceniza Choy, University of California, Berkeley,
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, The Ohio State University

Editorial Board:
Denise Cruz, University of Toronto
Miliann Kang, University of Massachusetts,
Karen Leong, Arizona State University
Mary Lui, Yale University
Naoko Shibusawa, Brown University
Ji-Yeon Yuh, Northwestern University

Gendering the Trans-Pacific World seeks scholarship that offers innovative approaches to understanding these complex trans-Pacific power relations, particularly in connection to North America. We are particularly interested in the era of the long 20th century, extending back to the late 19th century and forward into the 21st century, although works on other periods of time are welcome. We also invite interdisciplinary scholarship that frames historical and contemporary phenomenon through feminist, critical race, and post-colonial analyses. We welcome social and cultural history; biography; as well as interdisciplinary works that examine art, photography, film, and literature.

Manuscripts (preferably in English) should be at least 90,000 words in length (including end notes and works cited). Manuscripts may also include illustrations, tables, and other visual material. The editors would be interested to receive proposals for specialist monographs and syntheses, but may also consider multi-authored contributions such as conference proceedings, and thematic issues, and source translations and edited texts.
For further information or enquiries regarding book proposals, please contact Professor Catherine Ceniza Choy, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley,, or Professor Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Departments of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University,

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