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Pacific Diaspora: Island Peoples in the United States and Across the Pacific Paperback – August 31, 2002
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Pacific Islander Americans constitute one of the United States' least understood ethnic groups. As expected, stereotypes abound: Samoans are good at football; Hawaiians make the best surfers; all Tahitians dance. Although Pacific history, society, and culture have been the subjects of much scholarly research and writing, the lives of Pacific Islanders in the diaspora (particularly in the U.S.) have received far less attention. The contributors to this volume of articles and essays compiled by the Pacific Islander Americans Research Project hope to rectify this oversight.
Pacific Diaspora brings together the individual and community histories of Pacific Island peoples in the U.S. It is designed for use in Pacific and ethnic studies courses, but it will also find an audience among those with a general interest in Pacific Islander Americans.
Contributors: Keoni Kealoha Agard, Melani Anae, Kekuni Blaisdell, John Connell, Wendy Cowling, Vincente M. Diaz, Michael Kioni Dudley, Dianna Fitisemanu, Inoke Funaki, Lupe Funaki, Karina Kahananui Green, David Hall, Jay Hartwell, Craig R. Janes, George H. S. Kanahele, Davianna Pomoaikai McGregor, Brucetta McKenzie, Helen Morton, Dorri Nautu, Tupou Hopoate Pauu, A. Ravuvu, Carol E. Robertson, Joanne Rondilla, E. Victoria Shook, Paul Spickard, Haunani-Kay Trask, Debbie Hippolite Wright.
- Publisher : University of Hawaii Press (August 31, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 392 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0824826191
- ISBN-13 : 978-0824826192
- Item Weight : 3.06 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.88 x 9.02 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,717,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book tries very hard to be diverse. It covers the past and the present, several academic disciplines, multiracial individuals, men and women, even those of alternative genders. It speaks of Polynesian Americans as well as Polynesian Kiwis. Since it had a chapter on Pilipinos, I was glad it had a chapter on Chamorros. Still, the football chapter was on Chamorros, whereas it's Samoans and other Polynesians that have made a huge name for themselves in professional football.
Warning: this is an academic text! I mean, it's not as difficult as Judith Butler, but it's not as accessible as Haunani Kay-Trask's book. This book is designed for a college-educated audience. One of the ways that you can tell this is that some authors could have been much more succinct than they were, but that would not impress tenure boards.
I definitely think undergraduate ethnic studies majors could quote frequently from this anthology and impress their professors.