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Pacific Rim: What It Means to the Globalism?

Dr Pingchao Zhu.


This essay has two major issues regarding the Pacific Rim. At the theoretical level, it discusses the perception of the Pacific Rim and its meaning. From an economic sense the essay examines how the economic developments in the region gave rise to its fame at international level
The essay challenges several arguments over the emergence of the Pacific Rim. One view argues that EuroAmerican Pacific gave birth to the Asian Pacific. Another view sees that the Pacific became important only after the American conquest. Many believe that the Pacific Rim was a European/American invention. Based on the historical development in the region and the political as well as cultural tradition, this study contends that the Pacific Rim was its own region to begin with and it was its own historical transformation that has earned the fame of the region in a global context. No one can invent the Pacific Rim and no one is capable of. The Europeans and Americans only contributed to the confrontation and complication in the region.
Using several powerful examples from postwar Japan and from the Four Little Dragons, the essay argues that the economic strength in East and Southeast Asia began to attract the attention of the world under the new world order since the end of the Cold War. The term "the Pacific Rim" has become an international vocabulary since the 1980s representing a geo-political region to include Asia on the western end of the Pacific Ocean and the U.S., Canada, and Mexico on the Eastern side of the Pacific.
What the Pacific Rim means to the globalism? The rest of the world, the United States especially, needs to look for new identity in the face of the new challenges of the new world order and the next world order.

Presenters

Dr Pingchao Zhu  (United States)
Assistant Professor of History
History Department
University of Idaho

Dr. Pingchao Zhu is a teaching faculty in the History Department at University of Idaho. Her book on the Korean War Cease-fire Negotiations was published in 2001. Her major research area include U.S. miltiary assistance to Taiwan in the 1950s and urban cultural development during China's war against Japan. In addition to teaching courses on East Asia, she also teaches the pacific Rim, America's wars in Asia, and globalization.

Keywords
  • The Pacific Rim
  • Globalism
  • Economic development
  • East Asia
  • Four Little Dragons
  • Cold War



(30 min Conference Paper, English)