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Hawai'i's Interracial History, Culture, and Tradition: Construction and Deconstruction

Sawyer Seminar VIII

How are islands connectors of flows of peoples and culture? What types of constructions and deconstructions of race and identity have influenced Hawai'i's interracial history? How might the past impact the future of racial/ethnic relations on the Hawaiian islands?


"Hybrid" and "Hapa": Challenging the Construction of Hawai‘i as America's Racial Laboratory
Maile Arvin
UC Santa Cruz, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow; Ph.D. UC San Diego, Pacifically Possessed: Scientific Production and Native Hawaiian Critique of the "Almost White" Polynesian Race (2013).

“Chinese-Hawaiian Hybrids,” “Hapa Haoles,” and Other Categories: Mixed Race and Racial Consciousness Across the Native-Settler Divide in Territorial Hawai‘i
Christine Manganaro
Maryland Institute College of Art, Assistant Professor; author of Assimilating Hawai‘i: Racial Science in a Colonial "Laboratory," 1919-1959 (forthcoming).

Respondent: Duncan Williams, USC

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Presented by the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture's "Critical Mixed-Race Studies: A Transpacific Approach" Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminars Series at the University of Southern California.