New PDF release: Airborne Dreams: “Nisei” Stewardesses and Pan American World

By Christine R. Yano

ISBN-10: 0822348365

ISBN-13: 9780822348368

ISBN-10: 0822348500

ISBN-13: 9780822348504

In 1955 Pan American international airlines all started recruiting eastern American girls to paintings as stewardesses on its Tokyo-bound flights and finally its round-the-world flights in addition. dependent in Honolulu, those ladies have been informally referred to as Pan Am’s “Nisei”—second-generation jap Americans—even notwithstanding no longer them all have been eastern American or second-generation. They have been ostensibly employed for his or her Japanese-language talents, yet few spoke jap fluently. This soaking up account of Pan Am’s “Nisei” stewardess application means that the japanese American (and later different Asian and Asian American) stewardesses have been intended to augment the airline’s picture of unique cosmopolitanism and worldliness. As its company files display, Pan Am advertised itself as an iconic American corporation pioneering new frontiers of race, language, and tradition. Christine R. Yano juxtaposes the airline’s thoughts and practices with the memories of former “Nisei” flight attendants. In interviews with the writer, those ladies proudly remember their reports as younger ladies who left domestic to go back and forth the globe with Pan American global airlines, forging their very own cosmopolitan identities within the procedure. Airborne Dreams is the tale of an strange group of workers application carried out through an American company rationale on increasing and dominating the nascent marketplace for foreign air trip. That software mirrored the Jet Age desires of worldwide mobility that excited postwar americans, in addition to the inequalities of gender, type, race, and ethnicity that restricted lots of them.

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