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Three Views of the Pacific Century

Three Views of the Pacific Century R E V I E W ESSAYS T h r e e V i e w s of t h e Pacific C e n t u r y Michael Schaller University of Arizona During the past decade the extraordinary growth of the East a n d South- east Asian economies, along with the crumbling of Cold War certain- ties, has refocused American attention on the Asia-Pacific region. Ever higher numbers of Asian immigrants, tourists, investors, consumer products, not to mention sushi bars a n d Thai restaurants, have trans- formed the "average" American's perception of w h a t is n o w popu- larly called the "Pacific Rim" more rapidly than anyone could have predicted. After all, barely twenty-five years ago the United States remained committed to the containment of "Red China" a n d the de- fense of freedom in South Vietnam. While no longer worried that Mao's legions are about to besiege San Diego, Washington policy-makers fret nearly as m u c h about the invasion of Chinese consumer goods stream- ing across the Pacific. In a p e r v e r s e way, the fabled dream of trans- Pacific markets seems http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American-East Asian Relations Brill

Three Views of the Pacific Century

Journal of American-East Asian Relations , Volume 3 (2): 177 – Jan 1, 1994

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Brill
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© 1994 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1058-3947
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1876-5610
DOI
10.1163/187656194X00049
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Abstract

R E V I E W ESSAYS T h r e e V i e w s of t h e Pacific C e n t u r y Michael Schaller University of Arizona During the past decade the extraordinary growth of the East a n d South- east Asian economies, along with the crumbling of Cold War certain- ties, has refocused American attention on the Asia-Pacific region. Ever higher numbers of Asian immigrants, tourists, investors, consumer products, not to mention sushi bars a n d Thai restaurants, have trans- formed the "average" American's perception of w h a t is n o w popu- larly called the "Pacific Rim" more rapidly than anyone could have predicted. After all, barely twenty-five years ago the United States remained committed to the containment of "Red China" a n d the de- fense of freedom in South Vietnam. While no longer worried that Mao's legions are about to besiege San Diego, Washington policy-makers fret nearly as m u c h about the invasion of Chinese consumer goods stream- ing across the Pacific. In a p e r v e r s e way, the fabled dream of trans- Pacific markets seems

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Journal of American-East Asian RelationsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1994

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