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Oceanic Archives, Indigenous Epistemologies, and Transpacific American Studies

Yuan Shu, Otto Heim, and Kendall Johnson


As part of the paradigm shift from the transatlantic to the transpacific in transnational American studies, this volume not only offers critical ways in which we rethink American exceptionalism, but it also engages the critical visions represented by New American studies, Asian studies, Asian American studies, and Pacific studies. By calling attention to the “oceanic archives” and indigenous epistemologies, the volume addresses colonialism and imperialism at their roots from both sides of the colonizer and the colonized and articulates what has been central to de-colonial thinking—indigenous e ... More

Keywords: Transpacific American studies, De-colonial thinking, Empire of exceptionalism, Indigenous epistemology, Oceanic archives, Geopolitics, Eco-poetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9789888455775
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888455775.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yuan Shu, editor
Texas Tech University

Otto Heim, editor
University of Hong Kong

Kendall Johnson, editor
University of Hong Kong

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Yuan Shu

Part I Reading Oceanic Archives in a Transnational Space: Ocean History, Spanish Manila, and the World Geography of Faith in the Early United States

2 Spanish Manila

Evelyn Hu-DeHart

Part II Oceanic Archives and the Transterritorial Turn: Constituting the “Public,” Genealogizing Colonial and Indigenous Translations

Part III Remapping Transpacific Studies: Oceanic Archives of Imperialism/s, Transpacific Imagination, and Memories of Murder

9 Memories of Murder

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Part IV Revisiting Oceanic Archives, Rethinking Transnational American Studies: Next Steps, Oceanic Communities, and Transpacific Ecopoetics

10 Transnational American Studies

Shelley Fisher Fishkin

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