|History 284: Hawaiian History||
Spring 2014 (last updated on 2/12/14)
1. If you agree with Dening that historians play an interpretive role to make history relevant to the present, then what is "good" history? Is "good" history that which is written with a clearly identifiable political agenda?
2. Do you think the history of Hawai‘i is more accurately written if it has a Native voice, either a Native Hawaiian historian or by reconstructing metaphors of a past culture as Kame‘eleihiwa does?
3. To answer this question you need to read an article posted on Laulima: "The Last Mass Migration of Workers to Hawai'i." After reading about Anastacio Luis' experience in transporting 6,000 Filipino labor recruits in 1946, what surprising and unusual details did you learn? Although they were the last group to arrive, do you think their experience can provide insights into labor recruitment in general?
4. What do you think of USA Today's "Racial tensions are simmering in Hawaii's melting pot" article about race relations in Hawaii? Do you think it accurately depicts Hawaii's multiethnic society?
5. Do you think shows like Hawaii 5-0 accurately represent the islands? If so, how and what kind of impact does it have on people living in Hawaii and those outside of Hawaii?
|Think/Write #1 is due on Laulima by 11:59 p.m. on Fri (1/31). Please read all posted Think/Writes before class on Tues (2/4).|
6. How do you think the U.S. military's presence in Hawaii has impacted the history of these islands?
7. How much emphasis do you think should be placed on Hawaiian oral tradition in our attempts to understand the origins of the Hawaiians?
8. Do you think words like "exploitation" and "degradation" accurately describe the impact of prehistoric Hawaiians on their environment?
9. Kame‘eleihiwa argues that the women of ancient Hawai‘i were quite powerful and the ‘Aikapu does not prove that women were inferior to men. Do you agree with the explanation she gives? Why or why not?
10. For those who participated in the loko i'a (fishpond) service project on Saturday (2/15). Mai maka'u i ka hana; maka'u i ka moloa. (Don't be afraid of work; be afraid of being lazy.) Ma ka hana ka ‘ike. (In working one learns.) How did your work at Waikalua Loko help you understand either or both of these 'olelo no'eau?
11. For those who are doing Service Learning. Why did you choose SL? What do you hope to learn from this experience?
|Think/Write #2 is due on Laulima by 11:59 p.m. on Fri (2/21). There will be no discussion in class. Instead, provide feedback online to two of your classmates before 11:59 p.m. on Fri (2/28) to earn 2 class assignment points.|