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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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Asian Settler Colonialism in the U.S. Colony of Hawai‘i

(p.1) Introduction
Asian Settler Colonialism

Candace Fujikane

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter briefly reexamines the past and present roles that Asians have played in the U.S. colony of Hawai‘i. It identifies settler colonialism as the basis of Hawaiian critiques of U.S. colonialism, moreover arguing that Asians have also played the role of settlers within the colonial framework. Predominant accounts of Hawai‘i indicate it as a democratic, “multicultural,” or “multiracial” state, yet the chapter argues that such accounts obscure the historical and political conditions of a white- and Asian-dominated U.S. settler colony. While “local” is sometimes used as a geographical marker to distinguish “local Asians” in Hawai‘i from “Asian Americans” on the U.S. continent, it is more popularly used to establish a problematic claim to Hawai‘i.

Keywords:   settler colonialism, Asian settlers, U.S. colonialism, multiculturalism, multiracialism, local Asians, U.S. settler colony

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