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Mutusda mentions the historical development of the indigenous people, he does
not offer a history of the cultures traditional native backgrounds. Mutusda
does not offer a two-sided argument, but he presents his evidence in such a way
that a variety of perspectives are used. Mutusda does not offer up one culture,
society, or tradition as the focal point of the Pacific Rim. He uses all of the
people, places, and things that impacted the creation and expansion of the
Pacific Rim, and he makes them out to be equals. There are no pitting cultures
against one another in Mutusda’s account of the Pacific Rim. He treats the
events, places, and people as a intertwining web. Keeping with his theme of the
communication and interactions of the peoples of the Pacific, Mutusda
challenges the commonly held idea that Europeans were the first to discover
well known and supplied trade routes and settlements. A trade route had already
been in effect between the Chinese, Arab, and Indian sailors. Unlike the master
pirates of this era displaying mastery of the sea, the Europeans always seemed
to miscalculate their time out at sea, their supplies on board, and missing
numerous landfalls. Another interesting account that Matsuda provides are he similarities
between some Pacific peoples and Europeans. He mentions that some indigenous
groups, such as the Polynesian people, held common ideas and traits with the Europeans
although there was no interaction between them.

            The outlook
that Mutsuda took to explain the Pacific worlds was borrowed from a fellow
scholar. Epeli Hau’ofa who held the idea that the Pacific was not meant to be
thought of as just an ocean, but as an intertwining of cultures. Hau’ofa also
thought of the Pacific as a highway were intersections occurred between the cultures
of the Pacific. Mutsuda supports this claim by describing the way Europeans
define the Pacific Rim. Europeans have identified the Pacific Rim as being a bordered
in defined entity. Through this Segway, Mutsuda uses the perspectives of the
native islanders to tell about the Pacific history. However, with this in mind,
Mutusuda takes into account the heritage of the indigenous people, and the
historical development of their cultures. For example, Mutusda mentions the
Filipinos and their crossing the Pacific to the New World. Mutusda said, “The
earliest Asians crossing the Pacific to the New World appear to have been
Filipinos, often generically denominated as Chinos,
sailing with the galleons from the sixteenth century.” Throughout the text,
Mutusda utilizes these moments to evaluate the European theories, and often
times they are accurately describe the culture. He then goes on to describe how
the Chinos were shipmates that helped
invade certain territories. Matsuda also offers other interpretation of the
history of the cultures, and he does so without making the text come across as
an argument piece. He smoothly blends all the information together to form a batter
understanding of what the Pacific Rim is.  

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Matt Matsuda displays an outlook of the Pacific Rim that
contradicts the previously held ideas about the definition of the Pacific Rim.
Matsuda does not focus on the individual cultures or societies, but he narrows
in on the communication that occurred between the people and places of the
Pacific Rim. He describes how the Pacific Rim was a melting pot that spread to
America. Instead of treating this history as a grouping cultures method, the
interpretation that Matsuda offers in this text revels the geographical region
where a verity of notable events took place that eventually lead to the Pacific
Rim we know of today.

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