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Vernadette Gonzalez Announces the Publication of Her New Book

Sep 11, 2013

The American Studies Department is pleased to announce the publication of Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez’ new book Securing Paradise: Tourism and Militarism in Hawai’i and the Philippines (Duke University Press), which analyzes how cultures of U.S. imperialism are produced and sustained in Asia and the Pacific, particularly in Hawai’i and the Philippines, by the mutually reinforcing dynamics of tourism and militarism.

Securing Paradise will become a landmark work. It is the first systematic comparison of the Philippines and Hawai’i within the shared optic of U.S. imperial history and its military-tourism security complex. It will serve as a model for an emergent American postcolonial studies, paving the way for a more appropriately cosmopolitan critique of the already cosmopolitan workings of capitalism and empire.”—Vicente L. Rafael, author of The Promise of the Foreign: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation in the Spanish Philippines

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