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ASIAN AM 160 Lecture 5: Asian American History Lecture 5
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Fall 2016

Department
Asian American Studies
Course Code
ASIAN AM 160
Professor
Cheng Cindy
Lecture
5

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Hawaii – Historical Background
Islands first settled by Polynesians or Native Hawaiians
Modern conception of Hawaii began January 18, 1778
oBritish Captain James Cook arrived on shores
oSought to expand British empire
oRenamed islands Sandwich Islands
1810 King Kamehameha I united islands, Kingdom of Hawaii under “guidance” of Great
Britain
oUnder threat of armed intervention
U.S. Encroachment on Hawaiian Islands
Missionary Activities
1820 first major group of missionaries of New England Congregationalist missionary
group arrived
The Great Mahele
March 18, 1848 King Kamehameha III passed the Great Mahele, radically transformed
land ownership and distribution
oUnder threat of armed intervention from the U.S.
Replaced Land Tenure System, where king owned land, private ownership of land
Land divided among King, Chiefs, and Commoners
oCommoners were elected officials in Hawaii Society
Land can be purchased
oShifted landownership to Westerners
Trading Rights
1875 Reciprocity Treaty
oAllowed for duty free importation of Hawaii grown sugar to the U.S.
oU.S. gained Pu’u Loa or Pearl Harbor
oIncrease U.S. investment in sugar plantations
Increase in importation of Asian immigrant labor
oChanged landscape of Hawaii
Settler Colonialism
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Hawaii – Historical Background  Islands first settled by Polynesians or Native Hawaiians  Modern conception of Hawaii began January 18, 1778 o British Captain James Cook arrived on shores o Sought to expand British empire o Renamed islands Sandwich Islands  1810 King Kamehameha I united islands, Kingdom of Hawaii under “guidance” of Great Britain o Under threat of armed intervention U.S. Encroachment on Hawaiian Islands Missionary Activities  1820 first major group of missionaries of New England Congregationalist missionary group arrived The Great Mahele  March 18, 1848 King Kamehameha III passed the Great Mahele, radically transformed land ownership and distribution o Under threat of armed intervention from the U.S.  Replaced Land Tenure System, where king owned land, private ownership of land  Land divided among King, Chiefs, and Commoners o Commoners were elected officials in Hawaii Society  Land can be purchased o Shifted landownership to Westerners Trading Rights  1875 Reciprocity Treaty o Allowed for duty free importation of Hawaii grown sugar to the U.S. o U.S. gained Pu’u Loa or Pearl Harbor o Increase U.S. investment in sugar plantations  Increase in importation of Asian immigrant labor o Changed landscape of Hawaii
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