Airborne Dreams: “Nisei” Stewardesses and Pan American World by Christine R. Yano

By Christine R. Yano

In 1955 Pan American global airlines started recruiting jap American ladies to paintings as stewardesses on its Tokyo-bound flights and finally its round-the-world flights in addition. dependent in Honolulu, those girls have been informally referred to as Pan Am’s “Nisei”—second-generation jap Americans—even although no longer them all have been jap American or second-generation. They have been ostensibly employed for his or her Japanese-language abilities, yet few spoke eastern fluently. This soaking up account of Pan Am’s “Nisei” stewardess software means that the japanese American (and later different Asian and Asian American) stewardesses have been intended to augment the airline’s photograph of unique cosmopolitanism and worldliness. As its company information exhibit, Pan Am advertised itself as an iconic American corporation pioneering new frontiers of race, language, and tradition. Christine R. Yano juxtaposes the airline’s suggestions and practices with the reminiscences of former “Nisei” flight attendants. In interviews with the writer, those ladies proudly bear in mind their reports as younger women who left domestic to trip the globe with Pan American international airlines, forging their very own cosmopolitan identities within the strategy. Airborne Dreams is the tale of an strange team of workers software applied by means of an American company reason on increasing and dominating the nascent marketplace for foreign air commute. That software mirrored the Jet Age goals of world mobility that excited postwar american citizens, in addition to the inequalities of gender, classification, race, and ethnicity that limited a lot of them.

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