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Unsustainable Empire

Alternative Histories of Hawai`i Statehood

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Unsustainable Empire by Dean Itsuji Saranillio
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In Unsustainable Empire Dean Itsuji Saranillio offers a bold challenge to conventional understandings of Hawai`i's admission as a U.S. state. Hawai`i statehood is popularly remembered as a civil rights victory against racist claims that Hawai`i was undeserving of statehood because it was a largely non-white territory. Yet Native Hawaiian opposition to statehood has been all but forgotten. Saranillio tracks these disparate stories by marshaling a variety of unexpected genres and archives: exhibits at world's fairs, political cartoons, propaganda films, a multimillion-dollar hoax on Hawai`i's tourism industry, water struggles, and stories of hauntings, among others. Saranillio shows that statehood was neither the expansion of U.S. democracy nor a strong nation swallowing a weak and feeble island nation, but the result of a U.S. nation whose economy was unsustainable without enacting a more aggressive policy of imperialism. With clarity and persuasive force about historically and ethically complex issues, Unsustainable Empire provides a more complicated understanding of Hawai`i's admission as the fiftieth state and why Native Hawaiian place-based alternatives to U.S. empire are urgently needed.

Author Biography

Dean Itsuji Saranillio is Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University.
Release date NZ
December 21st, 2018
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
27 illustrations
Imprint
Duke University Press
Pages
312
ISBN-13
9781478000624
Product ID
27876767

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