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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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“This Land Is Your Land, This Land Was My Land”

“This Land Is Your Land, This Land Was My Land”

Kanaka Maoli versus Settler Representations of ‘Āina in Contemporary Literature of Hawai‘i

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(p.116) “This Land Is Your Land, This Land Was My Land”
Source:
Asian Settler Colonialism
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Ku‘ualoha Ho‘omanawanui

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824830151.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the differences between the representations of ‘āina (land) in the contemporary literature of Hawai‘i, popularly referred to as “local literature.” It argues that there is a distinction between representations of ‘āina in Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) literature and Asian and other settler or “local” literature. The main differences in representation between these two literatures center on how ‘āina and Kanaka Maoli are described and portrayed, as well as the inclusion, use of, and attitudes toward language—‘ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language), English, and Hawai‘i Creole English (HCE, commonly referred to as “pidgin”) in particular. These differences in representation exist because Kanaka Maoli and settlers are operating from different cultural paradigms and different language bases.

Keywords:   Hawaiian contemporary literature, ‘āina, Native Hawaiian literature, language, Kanaka Maoli, settler representations

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