Local Haole - A Contradiction in Terms? The dilemma of being white, born and raised in Hawai'i

  title={Local Haole - A Contradiction in Terms? The dilemma of being white, born and raised in Hawai'i},
  author={Keiko Ohnuma},
  journal={Cultural Values},
  pages={273 - 285}
  • K. Ohnuma
  • Published 1 July 2002
  • Political Science
  • Cultural Values
While much has been written about the uniquely Hawaiian take on the category “local” – usually in terms of resistance to colonization, the alternative or counterhegemonic – little has been written about “haole” (white), the trope that served to silhouette the “local” and has evolved in dialectical opposition to it. A term that emerged during the plantation era to represent working-class immigrant workers mostly from Asia, “local” is constructed by exclusion. It has evolved to represent… 
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