By Candace Fujikane, Jonathan Y. Okamura
Asian Settler Colonialism is a groundbreaking assortment that examines the jobs of Asians as settlers in Hawai'i. participants from a number of fields and disciplines examine features of Asian settler colonialism to demonstrate its various operations and effect on local Hawaiians. Essays variety from analyses of jap, Korean, and Filipino cost to bills of Asian settler practices within the legislature, the criminal commercial complicated, and the U.S. army to opinions of Asian settlers' claims to Hawai'i in literature and the visible arts.
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Extra resources for Asian Settler Colonialism: From Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawaii
Jonathan Y. Okamura’s essay, “Ethnic Boundary Construction in the Japanese American Community in Hawai‘i,” contrasts exclusionary descent-based eligibility arguments used by the politically dominant Japanese American settler population and arguments used in the Rice v. Cayetano lawsuit to defend a state law that reserved for Hawaiians the right to vote in elections for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
In Asian settler histories and historiography, the ease with which Asian settlers turn away from Hawaiians’ demands for political justice illustrates at base a settler resistance to Hawaiian nationalism and what it might mean for Asian settlers. Asian settlers’ persistent celebration of a multicultural “local” community and their contrasting representations of Hawaiian nationalism as racially divisive reveal more about the political interests underpinning the limits of a settler imagination than about the Hawaiian nationalist movement itself.
Colonial control over the islands was made more complete. The wider context of colonial domination cannot be ignored. 73 The oppression of the early Asian settlers does not change the irreducible, substantive issue of indigenous claims to land and nation. Settler arguments that criticize the “essentialism” of the terms the “Native” and “settler” or, worse yet, accuse Native peoples of their own complicity in their colonization fail to address this critical issue of indigenous claims to land and nation.