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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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Ethnic Boundary Construction in the Japanese American Community in Hawai‘i

Ethnic Boundary Construction in the Japanese American Community in Hawai‘i

(p.233) Ethnic Boundary Construction in the Japanese American Community in Hawai‘i
Asian Settler Colonialism

Jonathan Y. Okamura

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter contrasts exclusionary descent-based eligibility arguments used by the politically dominant Japanese American settler population and arguments used in the Rice v. Cayetano lawsuit to defend a state law that reserved for Hawaiians the right to vote in elections for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. It argues that economically and politically dominant groups such as Japanese Americans exclude other groups from participation in their organizations as a way of retaining control over their settler interests and resources; by contrast, Hawaiians, who remain colonized and disempowered in their own homeland, must fight to preserve rights being eroded by a neoconservative political movement.

Keywords:   eligibility arguments, elections, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Rice v. Cayetano, Japanese American settlers, neoconservative political movement

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