Reworking Race The Making of Hawaii s Interracial Labor Movement In the middle decades of the twentieth century Hawai i changed rapidly from a conservative oligarchy firmly controlled by a Euro American elite to arguably the most progressive part of the United Sta

  • Title: Reworking Race: The Making of Hawaii's Interracial Labor Movement
  • Author: Moon-kie Jung
  • ISBN: 9780231135344
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the middle decades of the twentieth century, Hawai i changed rapidly from a conservative oligarchy firmly controlled by a Euro American elite to arguably the most progressive part of the United States Spearheading the shift, tens of thousands of sugar, pineapple, and longshore workers eagerly joined the left led International Longshoremen s and Warehousemen s Union ILIn the middle decades of the twentieth century, Hawai i changed rapidly from a conservative oligarchy firmly controlled by a Euro American elite to arguably the most progressive part of the United States Spearheading the shift, tens of thousands of sugar, pineapple, and longshore workers eagerly joined the left led International Longshoremen s and Warehousemen s Union ILWU and challenged their powerful employers.In this theoretically innovative study, Moon Kie Jung explains how Filipinos, Japanese, Portuguese, and others overcame entrenched racial divisions and successfully mobilized a mass working class movement He overturns the unquestioned assumption that this interracial effort traded racial politics for class politics Instead, he shows how the movement reworked race by developing an ideology of class that incorporated and rearticulated racial meanings and practices.Examining a wide range of sources, Jung delves into the chronically misunderstood prewar racisms and their imperial context, the Big Five corporations concerted attempts to thwart unionization, the emergence of the ILWU, the role of the state, and the impact of World War II Through its historical analysis, Reworking Race calls for a radical rethinking of interracial politics in theory and practice.

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    1. In this age of horrific reactionary politics, this book beautifully describes how a divided and marginalized people can come together through shared collective interests (in spite of past historical transgressions enacted upon one another) and unite to stand up to tremendous reactionary opposition in the form of the Big 5. Having been jaded by the past few years from what has come from the radical left and the mainstream left — this book has provided me with HOPE. This book should be MANDATORY [...]

    2. This is such a great book. It chronicles the history of labor in Hawaii and the ways in which Hawaiian farm/plantation workers organized with direct engagement around their ethnic and racial identities. They faced up to the problems and strengths of interracial movements, and as a result were able to build consensus not based on "labor first," as might be done through a classic labor model, but one based on labor as multicultural.

    3. Excellent book about the labour movement in Hawai'i. The struggles with starting it, and how the workings were eventually successful by rearticulating race and coming together to win big gains! (this review is incomplete so will revise later

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