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By Adria L. Imada

Winner, 2013 most sensible First booklet in Women's, Gender, and/or Sexuality background by way of the Berkshire convention of girls Historians
Winner, 2013 Lawrence W. Levine Award, association of yankee Historians
Winner, 2013 Congress on examine in Dance impressive ebook Award

Aloha America unearths the function of hula in legitimating U.S. imperial objectives in Hawai'i. Hula performers all started traveling through the continental usa and Europe within the past due 19th century. those "hula circuits" brought hula, and Hawaiians, to U.S. audiences, developing an "imagined intimacy," a strong myth that enabled american citizens to own their colony bodily and symbolically. in the meantime, within the early years of yankee imperialism within the Pacific, traveling hula performers included veiled evaluations of U.S. expansionism into their productions.

At vaudeville theaters, foreign expositions, advertisement nightclubs, and army bases, Hawaiian girls acted as ambassadors of aloha, permitting americans to visualize Hawai'i as female and benign, and the relation among colonizer and colonized as together wanted. by way of the Thirties, Hawaiian tradition, relatively its track and hula, had huge, immense promotional worth. within the Forties, millions of U.S. infantrymen and armed forces team of workers in Hawai'i have been entertained through hula performances, lots of which have been filmed via army photographers. but, as Adria L. Imada indicates, Hawaiians extensively utilized hula as a way of cultural survival and countercolonial political praxis. In Aloha America, Imada makes a speciality of the years among the Nineties and the Nineteen Sixties, studying little-known performances and flicks ahead of turning to the present-day reappropriation of hula through the Hawaiian self-determination movement.

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