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29 2 SLICES OF AMERICAN HISTORY W AITRESS WORK EVOKES THE PRESENT. A meal is served now,minutes (if sometimes many minutes) after being ordered. Often within an hour it is eaten and paid for and its residue removed. The perception of waitressing as immediate, however, risks ig- noring the deeper connections some waitresses have, in very different ways, with our common history. Arleen Garcia The Sonoran desert, the hottest in North America, spreads a scorch of earth from Baja California to Arizona. In its northern reaches, if winter rains are mighty, spring

chronology of chinese american history 1368–1644 Ming dynasty rules China. 1600s Chinese reach Mexico on the ships of the Manila galleon. 1644–1911 Qing dynasty (Manchu) rules China. 1683 Manchus take over Taiwan from Ming loyalists, who had ousted the Dutch in 1681. 1784 U.S.-China trade begins with the voyage of the Empress of China from New York to Canton. 1785 Three stranded crewmen, Ashing, Achun, and Accun, are first Chinese to land in the U.S. at Baltimore. 1818 Five Chinese students arrive to study at the Foreign Missions School in Cornwall, Connecticut

189 Chapter 11 Viewing American History from Japan The Potential of Comparison natsuki aruga As a Japanese historian of the United States, I have an abiding preoc- cupation: what meaning does my work have in mainstream historiogra- phy, predominantly written by U.S. historians? This book directly con- fronts this concern and leads me to the conclusion that foreign scholars can indeed make a contribution to the fi eld of American history. Thus encouraged, I argue further that foreignness, while lacking an ingrained native perspective, can nevertheless be a

American War in Vietnam,” Asian Profiles, 23/1 (Feb., 1995), 35–57. 20. For a study of how popular music and cultures have reflected a mix of indigenous and imported influences, see Craig A. Lockard, Dance of Life: Popular Music and Politics in Southeast Asia (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 1997). AMERIC AN HIS TORY A S IF THE WORLD MAT TERED (AND VICE VERSA) Carl Guarneri AMERIC AN HIS TORY IN GLOBAL PER SPEC TIVE In recent decades, scholars dissatisfied with the insularity of traditional American history have sought its larger contexts and connections

198 Chapter 12 Not Quite at Home Writing American History in Denmark david e. nye Scandinavian historians were seldom much concerned with the United States before World War II, and in Denmark only a few scattered courses were fi rst offered in the 1930s.1 The fi eld developed slowly after 1945, stimulated by the Fulbright Program.2 No American historians lived permanently in Denmark before the 1980s, although several came tem- porarily on exchanges. For decades, these visiting Americans and a few Danes taught U.S. history primarily in departments of English

103 FOUR International at the Creation Early Modern American History Karen Ordahl Kupperman History begins in the East and moves steadily westward over two centuries until it finally arrives at the Pacific coast. This is the foundational concep- tion of American history, one that all Americans accept as self-evidently true and founded in the realities of the period of first contact and settle- ment. But this truism comes down to us more from the nineteenth century, when it was elaborated, than the seventeenth. This version of America’s founding was cemented in

3 Chapter 1 Watersheds in Time and Place Writing American History in Europe michael heale, sylvia hilton, halina parafianowicz, paul schor, and maurizio vaudagna Promoting American history in Europe has been a thankless and even dangerous business. Charles Kingsley as regius professor of modern his- tory at Cambridge in 1866 endorsed a proposal that Harvard send someone to lecture on American history every other year, but was angrily rebuffed by dons who feared for the monarchy and the Church of England, one thundering that “we shall be favored with a