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Pacific Diaspora: Island Peoples in the United States and Across the Pacific

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Asian American Studies | Ethnic Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences


About the book: Pacific Islander Americans constitute one of the United States' least understood ethnic groups. As expected, stereotypes abound: Samoans are good at football; Hawaiians make the best surfers; all Tahitians dance. Although Pacific history, society, and culture have been the subjects of much scholarly research and writing, the lives of Pacific Islanders in the diaspora (particularly in the U.S.) have received far less attention. The contributors to this volume of articles and essays compiled by the Pacific Islander Americans Research Project hope to rectify this oversight. Pacific Diaspora brings together the individual and community histories of Pacific Island peoples in the U.S. It is designed for use in Pacific and ethnic studies courses, but it will also find an audience among those with a general interest in Pacific Islander Americans.


This book chapter was published by the University of Hawai'i Press and appeared in Pacific Diaspora: Island Peoples in the United States and Across the Pacific, edited by Paul Spickard, Joanne L. Rondilla and Debbie Hippolite Wright (2002 August). Permission to archive the book chapter here was granted by the University of Hawai'i Press. Please use the following link to access their website. © 2002 University of Hawai'i Press SJSU users: use the following link to login and access the book via OneSearch.