Airborne Dreams

Airborne Dreams In 1955 Pan American World Airways Began Recruiting Japanese American Women To Work As Stewardesses On Its Tokyo Bound Flights And Eventually Its Round The World Flights As Well Based In Honolulu, These Women Were Informally Known As Pan Am S Nisei Second Generation Japanese Americans Even Though Not All Of Them Were Japanese American Or Second Generation They Were Ostensibly Hired For Their Japanese Language Skills, But Few Spoke Japanese Fluently This Absorbing Account Of Pan Am S Nisei Stewardess Program Suggests That The Japanese American And Later Other Asian And Asian American Stewardesses Were Meant To Enhance The Airline S Image Of Exotic Cosmopolitanism And Worldliness As Its Corporate Archives Demonstrate, Pan Am Marketed Itself As An Iconic American Company Pioneering New Frontiers Of Race, Language, And Culture Christine R Yano Juxtaposes The Airline S Strategies And Practices With The Recollections Of Former Nisei Flight Attendants In Interviews With The Author, These Women Proudly Recall Their Experiences As Young Women Who Left Home To Travel The Globe With Pan American World Airways, Forging Their Own Cosmopolitan Identities In The Process Airborne Dreams Is The Story Of An Unusual Personnel Program Implemented By An American Corporation Intent On Expanding And Dominating The Nascent Market For International Air Travel That Program Reflected The Jet Age Dreams Of Global Mobility That Excited Postwar Americans, As Well As The Inequalities Of Gender, Class, Race, And Ethnicity That Constrained Many Of Them. Too academic for my purposes I would have loved to read the stewardesses firsthand accounts much than this. I originally wrote this review for Elevate Difference.Pan American World Airways was not simply an airline in the way that we understand airlines today It was an icon, a gateway, and enjoyed and still enjoys a cult like following In this fascinating look into the Nisei stewardesses of Pan Am, Yano explores the postwar ideology of the airline and its relation to the experience of the Nisei stewardesses.Some might say it was risky or odd for Pan Am to hire Nisei second generation Japanese Americans stewardesses post World War II Yano reveals this purposeful decision for what it was a calculated marketing move to promote a sense of worldliness and add a dash of exoticism on their flights The Nisei stewardesses were held to a strict standard of appearance and behavior On top of this, they were supposed to speak Japanese, though many did not In fact, many were not even Japanese American Yet they still served the general purpose of Pan Am, which was to make the foreign approachable.Despite the sophisticated front that Pan Am provided, many of the Nisei stewardesses were from humble backgrounds Most had never traveled far, and many had never even worked alongside Caucasians, as they were raised in ethnic enclaves What began as a carefully cultivated image of class a

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  • Paperback
  • 248 pages
  • Airborne Dreams
  • Christine R. Yano
  • English
  • 15 November 2017
  • 9780822348504