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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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Colonial Amnesia

Colonial Amnesia

Rethinking Filipino “American” Settler Empowerment in the U.S. Colony of Hawai‘i

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(p.256) Colonial Amnesia
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Asian Settler Colonialism
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Dean Itsuji Saranillio

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824830151.003.0014

This chapter argues that Filipinos in Hawai‘i are settlers who have been maneuvered by the U.S. settler state against Hawaiians, despite their shared histories of American colonization. Through analyses of works by public educator Joshua Agsalud, Lilo Bonipasyo, a sakada (contract laborer) in Virgilio Felipe's biography Hawai‘i: A Pilipino Dream, and community activist Zachary Labez, this chapter illustrates the continuities between U.S. colonization of the Philippines and the “Americanization” of Filipinos in Hawai‘i. It concludes by contrasting former Hawai‘i governor Benjamin Cayetano's opposition to struggles for Hawaiian self-determination with the work of ten Filipina settler activists in Hawai‘i who supported Hawaiians opposed to proposed military training on the Windward side of O‘ahu.

Keywords:   Filipinos, U.S. settler state, American colonization, Joshua Agsalud, Lilo Bonipasyo, Virgilio Felipe, Zachary Labez, Americanization of Filipinos, U.S. colonization, Benjamin Cayetano

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