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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Brilliantly mixing geology, folklore, music, cultural commentary, and history, Gary Y. Okihiro overturns the customary narrative in which the United States acts upon and dominates Hawai'i. Instead, Island World depicts the islands' press against the continent, endowing America's story with fresh meaning. Okihiro's reconsidered history reveals Hawaiians fighting in the Civil War, sailing on nineteenth-century New England ships, and living in pre-gold rush California. He points to Hawai'i's lingering effect on twentieth-century American culture—from surfboards, hula, sports, and films, to art, imagination, and racial perspectives—even as the islands themselves succumb slowly to the continental United States. In placing Hawai'i at the center of the national story, Island World rejects the premise that continents comprise "natural" states while islands are "tiny spaces," without significance, to be acted upon by continents. An astonishingly compact tour de force, this book not only revises the way we think about islands, oceans, and continents, it also recasts the way we write about space and time.

Review:

"In the first volume of a projected trilogy, Okihiro, professor of international and public affairs at Columbia, largely succeeds in a radical approach to historiography as applied to Hawaii. He defies the standard linear progression and view of 'humans as subjects with volition without regard for the agencies of other life-forms....' Okihiro combines human history, natural history and mythic Hawaiian folklore with interpretations of how Hawaiian cultural artifacts (such as surfboards) infiltrated American culture and vice versa. He likewise depicts the lives of Hawaiians who wound up in North America, either by choice or involuntarily. In young islanders taken to be Westernized at special schools, Okihiro sees a parallel to similar cultural cleansing (or 'schooling for subservience') of Native Americans. He also narrates the slow decimation of the rich and varied Hawaiian musical tradition reduced to clichs, la Don Ho. Thus, Okihiro places the story of Hawaii in direct and constant relation to the story of the United States. Some readers may find this eclectic mix of facts hard to follow and synthesize, but all will come away intrigued and enlightened. 57 b&w photos, 6 maps. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

"This quirky, brilliant book gives the reader the thrill of cultural history done well. Okihiro undertakes a conventional topic in a jarring way, avoiding the assumption of set boundaries of nations and human societies."--Henry Yu, author of "Thinking Orientals: Migration, Contact, and Exoticism in Modern America"

Synopsis:

"This quirky, brilliant book gives the reader the thrill of cultural history done well. Okihiro undertakes a conventional topic in a jarring way, avoiding the assumption of set boundaries of nations and human societies."—Henry Yu, author of Thinking Orientals: Migration, Contact, and Exoticism in Modern America

"This beautifully written book integrates the history of Hawai'i into that of the U.S. better than any other I have ever read." —Patricia Seed, author of American Pentimento: The Invention of Indians and the Pursuit of Riches

About the Author

Gary Y. Okihiro is Professor of International and Public Affairs and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. His most recent books are Common Ground: Reimagining American History and Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment, with Linda Gordon.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Regions of Fire

2. Oceania's Expanse

3. Pagan Priest

4. Schooling for Subservience

5. Hawaiian Diaspora

6. Poetry in Motion

7. Islands and Continents

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520252998
Author:
Okihiro, Gary Y.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Okihiro, Gary
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
History
Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Oceania
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Hawaii History.
Subject:
Folklore -- Hawaii.
Subject:
World
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
California World History Library
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
57 b/w photographs, 6 maps
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
8 x 6 x 1 in 1.05 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Americana » Hawaii
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » US History » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the first volume of a projected trilogy, Okihiro, professor of international and public affairs at Columbia, largely succeeds in a radical approach to historiography as applied to Hawaii. He defies the standard linear progression and view of 'humans as subjects with volition without regard for the agencies of other life-forms....' Okihiro combines human history, natural history and mythic Hawaiian folklore with interpretations of how Hawaiian cultural artifacts (such as surfboards) infiltrated American culture and vice versa. He likewise depicts the lives of Hawaiians who wound up in North America, either by choice or involuntarily. In young islanders taken to be Westernized at special schools, Okihiro sees a parallel to similar cultural cleansing (or 'schooling for subservience') of Native Americans. He also narrates the slow decimation of the rich and varied Hawaiian musical tradition reduced to clichs, la Don Ho. Thus, Okihiro places the story of Hawaii in direct and constant relation to the story of the United States. Some readers may find this eclectic mix of facts hard to follow and synthesize, but all will come away intrigued and enlightened. 57 b&w photos, 6 maps. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , "This quirky, brilliant book gives the reader the thrill of cultural history done well. Okihiro undertakes a conventional topic in a jarring way, avoiding the assumption of set boundaries of nations and human societies."--Henry Yu, author of "Thinking Orientals: Migration, Contact, and Exoticism in Modern America"
"Synopsis" by ,
"This quirky, brilliant book gives the reader the thrill of cultural history done well. Okihiro undertakes a conventional topic in a jarring way, avoiding the assumption of set boundaries of nations and human societies."—Henry Yu, author of Thinking Orientals: Migration, Contact, and Exoticism in Modern America

"This beautifully written book integrates the history of Hawai'i into that of the U.S. better than any other I have ever read." —Patricia Seed, author of American Pentimento: The Invention of Indians and the Pursuit of Riches

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