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Transpacific Engagements: Trade, Translation, and Visual Culture of Entangled Empires (1565–1898), hardcover

Edited by Florina H. Capistrano-Baker and Meha Priyadarshini

This wide-ranging collection of scholarly essays explores the hybrid cultures, intellectual clashes, and dynamic exchanges of the transpacific region in the age of imperialism. 

Between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, competing European empires vied for commercial and political control of oceanic routes between Asia and the Americas. Transpacific Engagements addresses the resulting cultural and artistic exchanges with an emphasis on the Spanish and American enterprises in the Asia-Pacific region. This volume explores artistic expressions of imperial aspirations and imaginaries in the Philippines, Spain, Japan, and Hawaii; the transformations of texts, images, and culinary practices as they moved from one cultural context to another; and the movement of objects and people across the transpacific, with particular attention to the Manila Galleon trade that flourished from 1565 to 1815. 

Featuring contributions by art historians, anthropologists, historians, and cultural studies scholars, Transpacific Engagements gathers groundbreaking investigations of objects and histories to illustrate the role of East, South, and Southeast Asian polities and dynasties in these multilateral exchanges.

Florina H. Capistrano-Baker is the former director of the Ayala Museum and its current consulting curator and project consultant for international operations. Meha Priyadarshini is assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Edinburgh.

320 pages
9 1/2 x 12 inches
124 color illustrations
ISBN 978-621-8028-25-8

Getty Publications
Imprint: Ayala Foundation, Inc. in association with the Getty Research Institute and Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (Max-Planck-Institut)