Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Thursday KKCR interview—Asian Settler Colonialism
Katy Rose announces this weeks interview:
This Thursday, December 18, I will interview Candace Fujikane and Dean Saranillio as they discuss their contributions to the newly released book Asian Settler Colonialism: From Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawai`i (Candace Fujikane and Jonathan Y. Okamura, eds., Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2008.)
This collection of essays by Asian settler and Kānaka Maoli scholars, activists, artists and writers examines the relationship of Asian settler society to the ongoing occupation of Hawai`i.
The interdisciplinary collection challenges the assertion of Asian settler claims to Hawai`i, and critiques settler collusion with US colonialism.
This is controversial, since the Asian settler history of resistance to white racism is an important foundation of claims to “local” identity.
While Hawai`i’s majority population of people of Asian ancestry celebrates its history of overcoming hardship and racism, a growing body of criticism interrogates the notion that Asian settlers have any more of a rightful claim to Hawai`i than do settlers from the continental US, and suggests a new relationship to the Native Hawai`ian struggle for self-determination and sovereignty.
Please listen from 4- 5:30 PM on KKCR at 90.9, 91.9, 92.7, or kkcr.org. Phone lines will open for listener questions and comments from 5 to 5:30 PM (808-826-7771 or 1-866-275-1112.)