Professor Moon-Ho Jung launches new book Menace to Empire

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Professor Moon-Ho Jung has launched his new book, Menace to Empire: Anticolonial Solidarities and the Transpacific Origins of the US Security State, published by the University of California Press in February 2022.

Here's a preview of the book:

This history reveals how radical threats to the United States empire became seditious threats to national security and exposes the antiradical and colonial origins of anti-Asian racism. Menace to Empire transforms familiar themes in American history. This profoundly ambitious history of race and empire traces both the colonial violence and the anticolonial rage that the United States spread across the Pacific between the Philippine-American War and World War II. Moon-Ho Jung argues that the US national security state as we know it was born out of attempts to repress and silence anticolonial subjects, from the Philippines and Hawaiʻi to California and beyond.

Jung examines how various revolutionary movements spanning the Pacific confronted the US empire. In response, the US state closely monitored and brutally suppressed those movements, exaggerating fears of pan-Asian solidarities and sowing anti-Asian racism. Radicalized by their opposition to the US empire and racialized as threats to US security, peoples in and from Asia pursued a revolutionary politics that engendered and haunted the national security state—the heart and soul of the US empire ever since.

"Moon-Ho Jung's brilliant and riveting history shows how the US security state was created to preserve its empire from revolutionary insurgencies in the Pacific. Turns out the 'Yellow Peril' was Black and Red and anticolonial and everywhere—Luzon to Lahore, Shanghai to San Francisco, Hawai'i to Harlem, Manila to Moscow to Mexico. No model minorities here; just gravediggers of imperialism and terrified agents of a settler state waging a war that continues to this day. Menace to Empire is one of those earth-shattering books that will force us all to rethink the entire twentieth century."—Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination 

"This long-awaited original book excavates and traces visions, networks, and movements of pan-Asian anticolonial revolutionaries who vigorously struggled to defeat imperialism and white supremacy in Asia and the Pacific, from the Philippines and India to Hawai'i and California and beyond, against which the modern US national security state developed as a response."—Lisa Lowe, author of The Intimacies of Four Continents 

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