Asian Settler Colonialism: From Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawaii
336pp. August 2008
Asian Settler Colonialism: From Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawaii
Editor: Fujikane, Candace; Okamura, Jonathan Y.;
Asian Settler Colonialism is a groundbreaking collection that examines the roles of Asians as settlers in Hawai‘i. Contributors from various fields and disciplines investigate aspects of Asian settler colonialism to illustrate its diverse operations and impact on Native Hawaiians. Essays range from analyses of Japanese, Korean, and Filipino settlement to accounts of Asian settler practices in the legislature, the prison industrial complex, and the U.S. military to critiques of Asian settlers’ claims to Hawai‘i in literature and the visual arts.

“When Native Hawaiian activists lash out against Asian settler colonialism, we must remember what Malcolm X said: ‘The conditions that our people suffer are extreme, and an extreme illness cannot be cured with moderate medicine.’ This book takes a candid and necessary look at indigenous views of Asian settlement in Hawai‘i over the past century.” —Yuri Kochiyama, civil rights activist

“A valuable resource not only for Asian Americans in Hawai‘i but for all scholars and activists grappling with issues of social justice in other ‘settler’ societies, most notably the continental U.S.” —Glenn Omatsu, California State University, Northridge

“This book is about Hawai‘i, but it holds profound implications for settler societies everywhere. In these societies, the fundamental social divide is not the color line. It is not ethnicity, minority status, or even class. The primary line is the one distinguishing Natives from settlers—that is, from everyone else. Only the Native is not a settler. Only the Native is truly local. Only the Native will free the Native. The contributors to this landmark volume, Native and settler alike, join to inscribe this irreducible truth with force, clarity, and conviction.” —Patrick Wolfe, La Trobe University, Australia

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Editor: Fujikane, Candace; Okamura, Jonathan Y.;
Candace Fujikane is associate professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i. Jonathan Y. Okamura is associate professor of ethnic studies at the University of Hawai‘i.
Read the introduction (PDF).
“Settlers, Not Immigrants” by Haunani-Kay Trask
Note on the Text

Introduction: Asian Settler Colonialism in the U.S. Colony of Hawai‘i by Candace Fujikane

Part 1: Native

Defining the Settler Colonial Problem
Settlers of Color and “Immigrant” Hegemony: “Locals” in Hawai‘i by Haunani-Kay Trask
“Apologies” by Mililani B. Trask
Hawai‘i and the United Nations by Mililani B. Trask
Hawaiian Sovereignty by Mililani B. Trask

Settler-Dominated State Apparatuses - The State Legislature and the Prison Industrial Complex
‘Ïlio‘ulaokalani: Defending Native Hawaiian Culture by Momiala Kamahele
A Nation Incarcerated by Healani Sonoda

Settler-Dominated Ideological State Apparatuses - Literature and the Visual Arts
“This Land Is Your Land, This Land Was My Land”: Kanaka Maoli versus Settler Representations of ‘Äina in Contemporary Literature of Hawai‘i by Ku‘ualoha Ho‘omanawanui
“‘Ai Pöhaku” photo series by Kapulani Landgraf

Part 2: Settler

Consequences of Settler Colonialism
The Hawaiians: Health, Justice, and Sovereignty by David Stannard
The Militarizing of Hawai‘i: Occupation, Accommodation, and Resistance by Kyle Kajihiro

Whose Vision? - Rethinking Japanese, Korean, and Filipino Settlement
Sites of Erasure: The Representation of Settler Culture in Hawai‘i by Karen K. Kosasa
Ideological Images: U.S. Nationalism in Japanese Settler Photographs by Eiko Kosasa
Ethnic Boundary Construction in the Japanese American Community in Hawai‘i by Jonathan Y. Okamura
Colonial Amnesia: Rethinking Filipino “American” Settler Empowerment in the U.S. Colony of Hawai‘i by Dean Itsuji Saranillio
Anatomy of a Dancer: Place, Lineage, and Liberation by Peggy Myo-young Choy

Speaking Out against Asian Settler Power
Local Japanese Women for Justice (LJWJ) Speak Out against Daniel Inouye and the JACL by Ida Yoshinaga and Eiko Kosasa

List of Contributors