By Candace Fujikane, Jonathan Y. Okamura
Asian Settler Colonialism is a groundbreaking assortment that examines the jobs of Asians as settlers in Hawai'i. participants from numerous fields and disciplines examine facets of Asian settler colonialism to demonstrate its diversified operations and influence on local Hawaiians. Essays diversity from analyses of eastern, Korean, and Filipino payment to bills of Asian settler practices within the legislature, the legal commercial advanced, and the U.S. army to evaluations of Asian settlers' claims to Hawai'i in literature and the visible arts.
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Kamahele describes the formation of ‘Īlio‘ulaokalani, a coalition of Hawaiian hula practitioners who joined forces in 1997 to oppose efforts by Asian and white settler legislators like Randy Iwase and Ed Case to revoke Hawaiian statutory and constitutional rights to access and gather resources of the land. ” Healani Sonoda’s essay, “A Nation Incarcerated,” describes the criminalization of Hawaiians and the warehousing of Native Hawaiians into correctional facilities. Asian settler colonial administrators like former directors of public safety Keith Kaneshiro and Ted Sakai, for example, saw during their terms the transferal of hundreds of Hawai‘i prisoners to continental facilities.
For example, the Democratic Party supported lease-to-fee conversion bills designed to force landowners to sell land to their lessees for the ostensible purpose of redistributing land from wealthy landowners to poor tenants, but in actuality a “Maryland-type law” was used in the 1980s to target the landholdings of Bishop Estate, a perpetual charitable trust for Native Hawaiians. Such measures sought to take this patrimony from Hawaiians by forcing them to sell trust lands that they were leasing to middle- and upperclass Asians and whites in east and windward O‘ahu.
Native and settler contributors caution us about the dangers of settlers who see themselves as “helping” Hawaiians by attempting to direct the sovereignty process or “advising” Native peoples how they should conduct their struggles. In such cases, Asian settlers are unaware of the ways they are motivated by their own settler interests. As Trask argues in her essay, The position of “ally” is certainly engaged in by many non-Natives all over the world. . But the most critical need for non-Native allies is in the area of support for Hawaiian self-determination.
Asian Settler Colonialism: From Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawaii by Candace Fujikane, Jonathan Y. Okamura