Island World: A History of Hawai'i and the United States / Edition 1

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Overview

Brilliantly mixing geology, folklore, music, cultural commentary, and history, Gary Y. Okihiro overturns the customary narrative in which the United States acts upon and dominates Hawai'i.
Instead, Island World depicts the islands' press against the continent, endowing America's story with fresh meaning. Okihiro's reconsidered history reveals Hawaiians fighting in the Civil War, sailing on nineteenth-century New England ships, and living in pre-gold rush California. He points to Hawai'i's lingering effect on twentieth-century American culture—from surfboards, hula, sports, and films, to art, imagination, and racial perspectives—even as the islands themselves succumb slowly to the continental United States.
In placing Hawai'i at the center of the national story, Island World rejects the premise that continents comprise "natural" states while islands are "tiny spaces," without significance, to be acted upon by continents. An astonishingly compact tour de force, this book not only revises the way we think about islands, oceans, and continents, it also recasts the way we write about space and time.

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Most histories relegate Hawai'i to a peripheral role in American culture, presenting it as an isolated cluster of self-contained spaces. Gary Y. Okhiro's Island World offers a radically different view, an image of a gravitational pull that gradually draws the islands into the assimilation of statehood. Okhiro's heterodox view and his imaginative research make this chronicle a refreshing reassessment of a far-off place.
Wall Street Journal - John Whitehead
“A startling perspective and a compelling one.”
Publishers Weekly

In the first volume of a projected trilogy, Okihiro, professor of international and public affairs at Columbia, largely succeeds in a radical approach to historiography as applied to Hawaii. He defies the standard linear progression and view of "humans as subjects with volition without regard for the agencies of other life-forms...." Okihiro combines human history, natural history and mythic Hawaiian folklore with interpretations of how Hawaiian cultural artifacts (such as surfboards) infiltrated American culture and vice versa. He likewise depicts the lives of Hawaiians who wound up in North America, either by choice or involuntarily. In young islanders taken to be Westernized at special schools, Okihiro sees a parallel to similar cultural cleansing (or "schooling for subservience") of Native Americans. He also narrates the slow decimation of the rich and varied Hawaiian musical tradition reduced to clichés, à la Don Ho. Thus, Okihiro places the story of Hawaii in direct and constant relation to the story of the United States. Some readers may find this eclectic mix of facts hard to follow and synthesize, but all will come away intrigued and enlightened. 57 b&w photos, 6 maps. (Sept.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520261679
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Series: California World History Library Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 699,545
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Y. Okihiro is Professor of
International and Public Affairs and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. His most recent books are Common Ground: Reimagining American History and Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American
Internment,
with Linda Gordon.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments


Introduction
1. Regions of Fire
2. Oceania's Expanse
3. Pagan Priest
4. Schooling for Subservience
5. Hawaiian Diaspora
6. Poetry in Motion
7. Islands and Continents

Notes
Bibliography

Index

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