AAS ESSAY2 - It must be noted, of course, that most ethnic...

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It must be noted, of course, that most ethnic Hawaiians are not sovereignty activists. Most Hawaiians are happy to be Americans. They do not want racial separatism. They enjoy living, working, and praying side by side with everyone else in Hawai'i's multiracial society. Professor Trask vacilates between racial separatism and ethnic nationalism. Her most famous speech was delivered extemporaneously at 'Iolani Palace in January 1993 at a huge protest rally commemorating the 100th anniversasry of the overthrow of the monarchy. In that speech she proudly asserted the independence theme, saying "I am NOT an American. I am NOT an American. I will DIE before I am an American . .." . The common core attitudes held by all sovereignty activists and angrily stated by Professor Trask include the following. White sailors from England who "discovered" Hawai'i in 1778 brought diseases which wiped out 95% of the native Hawaiians. White missionaries from America "forced" native Hawaiians to adopt religious views contrary to native culture, and smoothed the way for colonialism. White businessmen from America colonized Hawai'i and eventually conspired with the U.S. government to overthrow the native government. The United States staged an armed military invasion in 1893 which overthrew the monarchy, and established a puppet regime. After a few years
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2011 for the course AAS 101 taught by Professor Jung during the Spring '08 term at University of Washington.

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AAS ESSAY2 - It must be noted, of course, that most ethnic...

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