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From Race to EthnicityInterpreting Japanese American Experiences in Hawaii$
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Jonathan Y. Okamura

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839505

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839505.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
From Race to Ethnicity

Jonathan Y. Okamura

University of Hawai'i Press

This book examines the historical and contemporary experiences of Japanese Americans in Hawaiʻi within the context of race and ethnicity. In particular, it explores social themes that highlight the changing race and ethnic relations of Japanese Americans with other groups in Hawaiʻi, including struggle, resistance, advocacy, advancement, power, domination, and activism. It traces the racial history of the first eighty-five years of the Japanese American presence in Hawaiʻi from 1885 to 1970, with emphasis on the primacy of race in structuring Japanese Americans' social relations with others. It also considers the power and status of Japanese Americans as one of the dominant ethnic groups in Hawaiʻi, especially politically, in their relations with other groups.

Keywords:   race, ethnicity, ethnic relations, Japanese Americans, Hawaiʻi, power, activism, social relations, ethnic groups, advocacy

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