"Am I Local? A Critical Dialogue on Local Identity in Hawaii" (PSU Asian Pacific Islander Conference)
Hawai‘i is often viewed as a multicultural racial melting pot that can be used an example of positive race relations for the rest of the United States. The emergence of a “local” identity from Hawai‘i’s plantation era and the persistence of this identity in contemporary Hawai‘i helps maintain this image of Hawai‘i. In this session participants will critically examine “local” identity in Hawai‘i and develop an understanding of both the positive and negative consequences of this identity in Hawai‘i. Overall, this session provides critical insights into how local functions simultaneously as a identity of resistance and assimilation.