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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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Sites of Erasure

Sites of Erasure

The Representation of Settler Culture in Hawai‘i

(p.195) Sites of Erasure
Asian Settler Colonialism

Karen K. Kosasa

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter asks the reader to consider the ways that settlers are involved in the colonization of Hawai‘i and Hawaiians through acts of erasure in the everyday lives and artistic practices of Native Hawaiians. Such acts involve settlers' visual production of blankness—blank spaces “emptied” of Native peoples to be filled with settler visions of the American Dream. By using collaborative mixed-media projects with photographer Stan Tomita, the chapter engages in “strategies of exposure” that are “crucial exercises in remembering.” It emphasizes that as we question the ways that Asian settlers imagine their place on Native lands, we must critically reevaluate the stories they tell to construct a “multicultural Hawai‘i.”

Keywords:   erasure, blankness, Native Hawaiians, American Dream, Asian settlers, multicultural Hawai‘i

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