Gateway State

Gateway State❴Epub❵ ➚ Gateway State Author Sarah Miller-Davenport – Heartforum.co.uk How Hawai'i became an emblem of multiculturalism during its journey to statehood in the mid twentieth century Gateway State explores the development of Hawai'i as a model for liberal multiculturalism How Hawai'i became an emblem of multiculturalism during its journey to statehood in the mid twentieth century Gateway State explores the development of Hawai'i as a model for liberal multiculturalism and a tool of American global power in the era of decolonization The establishment of Hawai'i statehood in was a watershed moment not only in the ways Americans defined their nation's role on the international stage but also in the ways they understood the problems of social difference at home Hawai'i's remarkable transition from territory to state heralded the emergence of postwar multiculturalism which was a response both to independence movements abroad and to the limits of civil rights in the United StatesOnce a racially problematic overseas colony by the s Hawai'i had come to symbolize John F Kennedy's New Frontier This was a inclusive idea of who counted as American at home and what areas of the world were considered to be within the US sphere of influence Statehood advocates argued that Hawai'i and its majority Asian population could serve as a bridge to Cold War Asia and as a global showcase of American democracy and racial harmony In the aftermath of statehood business leaders and policymakers worked to institutionalize and sell this ideal by capitalizing on Hawai'i's diversity Asian Americans in Hawai'i never lost a perceived connection to Asia Instead their ethnic difference became a marketable resource to help other Americans navigate a decolonizing worldAs excitement over statehood dimmed the utopian vision of Hawai'i fell apart revealing how racial ineuality and US imperialism continued to shape the fiftieth state and igniting a backlash against the islands' white dominated institutions.

A graduate of Oberlin College Sarah Miller Davenport earned her PhD from the University of Chicago in Since she has taught at the University of Sheffield in Sheffield England.

Gateway State MOBI Ä Hardcover
  • Hardcover
  • 296 pages
  • Gateway State
  • Sarah Miller-Davenport
  • English
  • 18 October 2015
  • 9780691181233

12 thoughts on “Gateway State

  1. Karen Kohoutek says:

    A good solid scholarly work on the relationship of Hawai'i to the rest of the US primarily in the post statehood period with a major focus on the propaganda use of Hawai'i as an example of successful multiculturalism while the powers that be ignored the problems of colonization and imperialism I thought the most interesting stuff was on how tourism and the image of Hawai'i influenced trends in the 1950s and '60s especially as a liberating exoticized fantasy for white housewives Also interesting was the relationship of Hawaiian tourism to the problem of staged authenticity and historical details on the Vietnam War era RR program

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