This chapter explores the changing ethnocultural identities of Japanese-Americans in Hawaiʻi (JAHs). Originally arriving as contract laborers in 1885, succeeding generations of the Japanese in Hawaiʻi would find themselves confronting tensions between their stay in Hawaiʻi and their connections to their homeland in Japan. World War II would later usher in profound changes on the Japanese identity in Hawaiʻi. After briefly examining the historical forces that have continued to shape the JAHs' identities, the chapter lays out the ethnocultural profiles of the JAHs, both past and present, in tracing their evolution from a largely homogenous society to a more heterogeneous and diverse mixture of values, beliefs, and behaviors.
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