History | Hawai'i in American Culture
J300 | 17385 | Wu


A portion of this class reserved for majors
Above class COLL intensive writing section
Above class open to undergraduates only

Hawai’i has served a critical function in the development of the
United States’ identity as a nation. This course seeks to explore
American nation-building through the colonial relationship between
United States and the islands.  Topics to be addressed include
Pacific expansion and colonialism; the rise of the plantation
economy and its immigrant labor force; the growth of the tourism and
defense industries; race, the Cold War, and the statehood debate;
the Hawaiian sovereignty movement; and imagining “paradise” in
popular culture.  The use of primary sources will be emphasized and
will draw from a range of interdisciplinary texts, including
literature, autobiography, journalistic accounts, and films.