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Jonathan Okamura: Hawaii Should Stop Pretending It's A Multicultural Paradise

Posted on AllSides June 9th, 2024
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Another glowing commentary about Hawaii as a place where people of differing ethnicity get along especially well appeared recently in a Honolulu Star-Advertiser opinion piece under the headline: “America could use helping of Hawaii’s unique cultural stew.” It’s similar to ideas expressed in a 2015 panel presentation on “What Can Hawaii Teach America about Race” at a Smithsonian Institution event in Honolulu. Two years later, Civil Beat convened its own storytelling forum on the topic, in which I was one of the speakers but didn’t endorse the notion. In 2019,...

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