Red Love Across the Pacific: Political and Sexual Revolutions of the Twentieth Century

Red Love Across the Pacific: Political and Sexual Revolutions of the Twentieth Century

Heather Bowen-Struyk

Language: English

Pages: 242

ISBN: 1137522003

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This book examines the Red Love vogue that swept across the Asia-Pacific in the 1920s and 1930s as part of a worldwide interest in socialism and follows its trails throughout the twentieth century. Encouraging both political and sexual liberation, Red Love was a transnational movement demonstrating the revolutionary potential of love and desire.

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investigator, the social worker Phillipa Allen; portraits, vignettes, and interviews with and first-person testimony of local workers and their family members; and quotations from congressional hearings; medical reports; and Union Carbide stock reports.49 At once ephemeral and lasting, “The poem, as it is available, heard once, or in a book [is] always at hand,” says Rukeyser.50 Yet her endeavor to provide the interface between workers, corporations, government, and various social and political

maidservants, school girls, and the unemployed, these revolutionary women created their own all-female socialist organizations built around fighting economic, social, and gender exploitation, and injustice in the colony. These women not only wrote, they went into factories, schools, and youth groups to build organizations. Vera worked in the industrial area of Inch’on, in the women’s factories, to organize trade unions. She and her comrades helped fund strikes. They advised student leaders in

the “bush capital”—the newly designed modernist city of Canberra, to which the federal government had moved in 1927. The city could barely boast a population in the tens of thousands in the 1930s, but placed itself in the league of world capitals, as a postcolonial nationalist assertion of white Australian independence, distinguished from British connections by its embrace of the environment, utopian modernist urban design, and distance from the coast. Over this small experiment of a capital,

Princess’ Incident of 1955,” The China Quarterly, 139 (September 1994): 766–782. 16.Zhou had attended the Geneva conference in April 1954. 17.Robert Alden, “Nationalist Tide High at Bandung,” New York Times, April 18, 1955, 3; “Chou Takes Rap at Americans,” Brownsville Herald, April 19, 1955, 1. 18.Zhou Enlai, “Supplementary Speech by Premier Chou En-lai of the People’s Republic of China,” Selected Papers of the Bandung Conference (New York: Institute of Pacific Relations, 1955), 21.

through his chronotopic construction of Las Casas helps explain why his novelized dissection of the process of development includes so much sex, in the process offering a tentative suggestion as to why sex tourism has been inextricably connected with so-called developing nations’ emergence from premodern economies. Motley’s persistent depiction of “total vulgarity” in his posthumous novel suggests a final fight in his life-long battle against the suppression of sexuality and represents the

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