"Judy Rohrer has written an extraordinary and long-needed examination of the historical and contemporary place of haoles in Hawai'i. This study goes far beyond the typical ways that haoles are talked about: as wrong-headed and evil colonizers, dumb malihini who don't know how to act, or, more recently, victims of reverse discrimination. Her lucid and witty prose as well as her mastery of our homeland's brand of English will make readers laugh as well as think. Rohrer writes that the aim of this long overdue study is 'to begin to imagine how [people] might become haole in different and better ways.' Haoles will gain a better understanding of why they sometimes get 'stink-eye,' and everyone else will gain a greater understanding of the workings of power in Hawai'i net. Everyone in Hawai'i should read this book!" -- Noenoe SilvaVom Verlag:
Haoles in Hawai'istrives to make sense of haole (Hawaiian for "white person") and "the politics of haole" in current debates about race in Hawai'i. Recognizing it as a form of American whiteness specific to Hawai'i, the author (who grew up in Kaua'i and O'ahu) argues that haole was forged and reforged over two centuries of colonization and needs to be understood in that context. Haole reminds us that race is about more than skin color as it identifies a certain amalgamation of attitude and behavior that is at odds with Hawaiian and local values and social norms. By situating haole historically and politically, the author asks readers to think about ongoing processes of colonization and possibilities for reformulating the meaning of haole.
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