The Histography of Asian Aeromobilities: Power, Agency, and the Limitations of the "Western" Gaze
Marielle Stigum Gleiss and Weiqiang Lin explore histographical questions on power, agency, and relations between the West and the Non-West in research on aviation and aeromobilities.
Historical research has recently found new interest in aviation and aeromobilities. Though productive, these these discussions have most concentrated on knowledge frames emanating from the "West". This article surveys the limited range of literatures that highlight how "other" societies perceive and (re)appropriate flight. In particular, we refer to examples from Asia to demonstrate that actors from this region likewise interact with ideas of aerial imperialism, geopolitical struggles, and nationalism. these studies prompt key histographical questions on power, agency, and relations between the West and the Non-West. They also promote a scholarship that is more reflexive about its center of knowledge.