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

By Christine R. Yano

In 1955 Pan American global airlines started recruiting eastern American ladies to paintings as stewardesses on its Tokyo-bound flights and finally its round-the-world flights to boot. dependent in Honolulu, those ladies have been informally often called Pan Am’s “Nisei”—second-generation eastern Americans—even notwithstanding no longer them all have been eastern American or second-generation. They have been ostensibly employed for his or her Japanese-language talents, 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 reinforce the airline’s photograph of unique cosmopolitanism and worldliness. As its company data reveal, Pan Am advertised itself as an iconic American corporation pioneering new frontiers of race, language, and tradition. Christine R. Yano juxtaposes the airline’s techniques and practices with the reminiscences of former “Nisei” flight attendants. In interviews with the writer, those girls proudly bear in mind their reports as younger women who left domestic to commute the globe with Pan American international airlines, forging their very own cosmopolitan identities within the technique. Airborne Dreams is the tale of an strange group of workers software carried out by way of an American company reason on increasing and dominating the nascent marketplace for foreign air trip. That software mirrored the Jet Age goals of worldwide mobility that excited postwar american citizens, in addition to the inequalities of gender, classification, race, and ethnicity that restricted lots of them.

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