Xenophobia In Hawaiians

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The Hawaiian Islands has this image of being the perfect vacation destination for people all around the world. The island’s welcoming “aloha” culture is very popular and spoken of around the world. Yet, lately not only native Hawaiians live there, many tourists visit all year long and many families and businessmen decided to move and live there as well. This makes the island diversified and multicultural. Through the years, many waves of immigrations took place and more non-locals began living in Hawaii. Hawaii is thus composed of multiple ethnicity groups; “34% are white, 25% are Japanese, 14% are Filipino and 6% are Chinese, yet only 12% are Hawaiians( whose roots are Polynesian)”(. This complicates the situation in the island as it begins to have a diversified culture. Forty percent of marriages are interracial every year, according to state statistics; therefore this gets even more complicated as people belong to more than one nationality. Hawaiians use their traditions as a unique identity .a group of customs, values, beliefs, passed on from generation to generation, it represents the culture of a country Like in any other country, racism and xenophobia exist in Hawaii. The term xenophobia, often mistaken for racism, refers to the fear and prejudice of foreigners from different backgrounds, cultures or countries. It …show more content…

This feeling of ownership and belonging has never been felt by native Hawaiians in their own country, since they had their land invaded a very long time ago. Xenophobia is known to have psychological reasons behind it, which are, the fear of having their belonging taken away and this fear of loosing their identity and nation. An ancestral memory has been passed on from generation to generation, that passing on the stories on the Hawaiian history and especially the invasion and imposing of

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