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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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Power and Domination

Power and Domination


(p.109) Chapter 5 Power and Domination
From Race to Ethnicity

Jonathan Y. Okamura

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the Japanese Americans' ascension to both political and economic power during the period 1971–1986 as symbolized by the election of George Ariyoshi as Hawaiʻi's first governor of Japanese ancestry in 1974. It first considers the significance of Japanese American ethnicity in Ariyoshi's three successful gubernatorial campaigns and goes on to discuss the accusations made by other ethnic minorities, especially Filipino Americans and Native Hawaiians, that local Japanese were dominating and controlling Hawaiʻi and of discriminating against them in employment and education. The chapter also explores how sansei understood the notion of being Japanese American compared to that of nisei political and business leaders as well as their relation to Hawaiʻi's people, with particular emphasis on the community activism of sansei students.

Keywords:   power, Japanese Americans, George Ariyoshi, Hawaiʻi, ethnicity, Filipino Americans, Native Hawaiians, sansei, nisei, community activism

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