Gary Y. Okihiro


On his book Pineapple Culture: A History of the Tropical and Temperate Zones

Cover Interview of August 11, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The “tropics” was created by some in the temperate zone.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The transit of the pineapple illustrates the history and geography of empires—their creations and accumulations; the circuits of the knowledge, capital, labor, goods, and cultures that characterize them; and their assumed power to name, classify, and rule over alien lands, peoples, and resources.”

On the second:

“Geographical determinism, which connects places (climates) with races (bodily constitutions) and which ranks them as superior and inferior, remains a key fallacy of our age.”