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Asian Settler ColonialismFrom Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawaii$
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Candace Fujikane and Jonathan Y. Okamura

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824830151

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824830151.001.0001

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Settlers of Color and “Immigrant” Hegemony

Settlers of Color and “Immigrant” Hegemony

“Locals” in Hawai‘i

Chapter:
(p.45) Settlers of Color and “Immigrant” Hegemony
Source:
Asian Settler Colonialism
Author(s):

Haunani-Kay Trask

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824830151.003.0001

This chapter lays the conceptual foundation for this volume. It criticizes Asian settlers—Japanese settlers in particular—who present themselves as champions of Native interests but who obstruct the process of Native self-determination. Calling themselves “local,” the children of Asian settlers claim Hawai‘i as their own, in the process denying indigenous history, their long collaboration in the continued dispossession of Native Hawaiians, and the benefits therefrom. The chapter argues that truly supportive Asians must publicly ally themselves with the indigenous Hawaiians' position of Native control over the sovereignty process. Simultaneously, these allies must also criticize Asian attempts to undermine sovereignty leaders. The chapter concludes with a discussion of Ka Lāhui Hawai‘i, a Native initiative for sovereignty that represents Native concerns.

Keywords:   Asian settlers, Japanese settlers, Native self-determination, indigenous history, dispossession, Native sovereignty, Ka Lāhui Hawai‘i

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