Pacific Studies

Pacific Studies


Discussions with scholars of the Pacific region about their new books

Joanna Siekiera, "21st Century as the Pacific Century: Culture and Security of Oceania States in Great Power Competition" (Warsaw UP, 2023)

June 18, 2024

21st Century as the Pacific Century

Joanna Siekiera

With the ever-greater shift of the balance of global power towards the Pacific region, what does this have implications for the geopolitics of the reg…

Sidney Xu Lu, "The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism" (Cambridge UP, 2019)

June 14, 2024

The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism

Sidney Xu Lu
Hosted by Nathan Hopson

Sidney Lu’s The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism: Malthusianism and Trans-Pacific Migration, 1868-1961 (Cambridge 2019) places the concept of “M…

Miles M. Evers and Eric Grynaviski, "The Price of Empire: American Entrepreneurs and the Origins of America's First Pacific Empire" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

June 7, 2024

The Price of Empire

Miles M. Evers and Eric Grynaviski

The United States was an upside-down British Empire. It had an agrarian economy, few large investors, and no territorial holdings outside of North Ame…

Martin Dusinberre, "Mooring the Global Archive: A Japanese Ship and Its Migrant Histories" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

May 19, 2024

Mooring the Global Archive

Martin Dusinberre
Hosted by Ran Zwigenberg

In Mooring the Global Archive: A Japanese Ship and Its Migrant Histories (Cambridge UP, 2023), Martin Dusinberre follows the Yamashiro-maru steamship …

Andrés Reséndez, "Conquering the Pacific: An Unknown Mariner and the Final Great Voyage of the Age of Discovery" (Mariner Books, 2022)

April 27, 2024

Conquering the Pacific

Andrés Reséndez
Hosted by Stephen Hausmann

The Pacific Ocean is twice the size of the Atlantic, and while humans have been traversing its current-driven maritime highways for thousands of years…

Nell Freudenberger, "The Limits" (Knopf, 2024)

April 2, 2024

The Limits

Nell Freudenberger
Hosted by Chris Holmes

The most thrilling work yet from the best-selling, prize-winning author of The Newlyweds and Lost and Wanted, a stunning new novel set in French Polyn…

Emily Conroy-Krutz, "Missionary Diplomacy: Religion and Nineteenth-Century American Foreign Relations" (Cornell UP, 2024)

March 24, 2024

Missionary Diplomacy

Emily Conroy-Krutz
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Missionary Diplomacy: Religion and Nineteenth-Century American Foreign Relations (Cornell University Press, 2024) illuminates the crucial place of rel…

Angela Wanhalla, "Of Love and War: Pacific Brides of World War II" (U Nebraska Press, 2023)

February 25, 2024

Of Love and War

Angela Wanhalla
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Between 1942 and 1945 more than two million servicemen occupied the southern Pacific theater, the majority of whom were Americans in service with the …

Daniel Immerwahr, "How to Hide an Empire: The History of the Greater United States" (FSG, 2019)

February 11, 2024

How to Hide an Empire

Daniel Immerwahr
Hosted by Zeb Larson

“Is America an Empire?” is a popular question for pundits and historians, likely because it sets off such a provocative debate. All too often, however…

Kiribati in the Chinese Pacific: A Discussion with Rodolfo Maggio

February 2, 2024

Kiribati in the Chinese Pacific

Rodolfo Maggio

Is Kiribati in the American lake, Indo-Pacific or Chinese Pacific? In this Episode, Julie Yu-Wen Chen talks to Rodolfo Maggio, a senior researcher at …

Leanne Trapedo Sims, "Reckoning with Restorative Justice: Hawai'i Women's Prison Writing" (Duke UP, 2023)

January 19, 2024

Reckoning with Restorative Justice

Leanne Trapedo Sims
Hosted by Rameen Mohammed

In Reckoning with Restorative Justice Hawaii Women's Prison Writing (Duke University Press, 2023), Dr. Leanne Trapedo Sims explores the experiences of…

Brandon Presser, "The Far Land: 200 Years of Murder, Mania and Mutiny in the South Pacific" (Icon Books, 2022)

January 10, 2024

The Far Land

Brandon Presser
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In 1808, an American merchant ship happened upon an uncharted island in the South Pacific and unwittingly solved the biggest nautical mystery of the e…

Jeremy Yellen, "The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere: When Total Empire Met Total War" (Cornell UP, 2019)

December 26, 2023

The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere

Jeremy Yellen
Hosted by Nathan Hopson

Jeremy Yellen’s The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere: When Total Empire Met Total War (Cornell University Press, 2019) is a challenging transnat…

Jeremy Black, "A Brief History of the Pacific: The Great Ocean" (Robinson, 2023)

October 2, 2023

A Brief History of the Pacific

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

Jeremy Black's A Brief History of the Pacific: The Great Ocean (Robinson, 2023) succeeds in examining both the indigenous presence on ocean's islands …

Jared Davidson, "Blood and Dirt: Prison Labour and the Making of New Zealand" (Bridget Williams Books, 2023)

September 28, 2023

Blood and Dirt

Jared Davidson
Hosted by Ed Amon

Picture, for a minute, every artwork of colonial New Zealand you can think of. Now add a chain gang. Hard-labour men guarded by other men with guns. M…

L. M. Ratnapalan, "Robert Louis Stevenson and the Pacific: The Transformation of Global Christianity" (Edinburgh UP, 2023)

September 9, 2023

Robert Louis Stevenson and the Pacific

L. M. Ratnapalan
Hosted by Joseph Gaines

How does Robert Louis Stevenson’s engagement with Pacific Islands cultures demonstrate processes of inculturation and the transformation of global C…

Clive Moore, "Making Mala: Malaita in Solomon Islands, 1870s–1930s" (Australia National UP, 2017)

September 7, 2023

Making Mala

Clive Moore
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Malaita is one of the major islands in the Solomons Archipelago and has the largest population in the Solomon Islands nation. Its people have an undes…

Steve Mentz, "An Introduction to the Blue Humanities" (Routledge, 2023)

July 27, 2023

An Introduction to the Blue Humanities

Steve Mentz
Hosted by Ahmed Almaazmi

An Introduction to the Blue Humanities (Routledge, 2023) is the first textbook to explore the many ways humans engage with water, utilizing literary, …

Scott E. Simon, "Truly Human: Indigeneity and Indigenous Resurgence on Formosa" (U Toronto Press, 2023)

July 20, 2023

Truly Human

Scott E. Simon
Hosted by Anthony Kao

Similar to countries like the US and Canada, Taiwan also has indigenous peoples who've existed before the arrival of colonizers, and continue to grapp…

Lin Poyer, "War at the Margins: Indigenous Experiences in World War II" (U Hawaii Press, 2022)

June 17, 2023

War at the Margins

Lin Poyer
Hosted by Holger Droessler

Eighty years on, Lin Poyer's book War at the Margins: Indigenous Experiences in World War II (U Hawaii Press, 2022) offers a global and comparative vi…