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Beyond EthnicityNew Politics of Race in Hawai'i$
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Camilla Fojas, Rudy P. Guevarra, and Nitasha Tamar Sharma

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780824869885

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824869885.001.0001

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“I no eat dog, k”

“I no eat dog, k”

Humor, Hazing, and Multicultural Settler Colonialism

(p.61) Chapter 3 “I no eat dog, k”
Beyond Ethnicity

Roderick N. Labrador

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores the social, cultural, and ideological contexts as well as identity consequences of Filipino (dog-eating) jokes and more generally, ethnic joking and humor in the islands. I examine what dog-eating jokes say about Filipinos in Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i society and their impact on identity formation at the individual and collective levels. I suggest that these types of jokes are a kind of racial hazing that constitute Hawai‘i’s (neo)liberal multicultural form of settler colonialism. This racial hazing functions as both definitional and terminological obscuration and disparaging in-group activity. Lastly, I introduce the metaphors of racial volcano and racial vog to help shed light on local discourses around race, ethnicity, indigeneity, language, power, and representation.

Keywords:   Jokes, ethnic humor, Filipino, racial hazing, neo-liberal multiculturalism, racial volcano, racial vog

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