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From Race to Ethnicity – Interpreting Japanese American Experiences in Hawaii - Hawaii Scholarship Online
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From Race to Ethnicity: Interpreting Japanese American Experiences in Hawaii

Jonathan Y. Okamura


This book discusses both the historical and contemporary experiences of Hawaiʻ's Japanese Americans and interprets these experiences from racial and ethnic perspectives. The transition from race to ethnicity is demonstrated in the transformation of Japanese Americans from a highly racialized minority of immigrant laborers to one of the most politically and socioeconomically powerful ethnic groups in the islands. The book has produced a racial history of Japanese Americans from their early struggles against oppressive working and living conditions on the sugar plantations to labor organizing an ... More

Keywords: race, Japanese Americans, Hawaiʻi, ethnicity, political power, ethnic inequality, yonsei, minorities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824839505
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839505.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Y. Okamura, author
University of Hawai'i at Manoa

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