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introducing parts of their culture to their friends. “The German kids taught the other kids to polka in the camp social halls. The Japanese kids taught their friends sumo wrestling” (Olson 305). The mingling inside the plantations created a language called pidgen. Pidgen is still spoken today and is a mix of many languages. The people of Hawaii adapt and make their own cultures. In Alondra Nelson’s Preface, she suggests, “They [reconciliation projects] may also be used to reestablish biographical or historical information that has been lost to the march of time or to settle contentious issues” (xii-xiii). Olson however states, “ Our DNA is too tightly interconnected to use biology to justify what are essentially social distinctions” (310). This with the addition of intermarriages crossing will make tacking historical background too complicated. Ethnicity and race are changing from a biological distinction to “cultural, political, or historical distinction” (Olson 310). People are taking bits and pieces from the different cultures in their ancestry and making their own. They get to choose what groups they wish to affiliate. “Despite
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Jewett 3 the rapid growth of intermarriage in Hawaii and elsewhere, the mixing of peoples takes generations…” (Olson 310). It will take a long time for an end to race as we know it. The cultures that are present will continue to be. Ethnicity can be physical. You can tell a person’s
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