By Adria L. Imada
Winner, 2013 Lawrence W. Levine Award, association of yankee Historians
Winner, 2013 Congress on examine in Dance amazing e-book Award
Aloha America finds the function of hula in legitimating U.S. imperial pursuits in Hawai'i. Hula performers all started traveling during the continental usa and Europe within the overdue 19th century. those "hula circuits" brought hula, and Hawaiians, to U.S. audiences, setting up an "imagined intimacy," a strong fable that enabled americans 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 opinions of U.S. expansionism into their productions.
At vaudeville theaters, foreign expositions, advertisement nightclubs, and army bases, Hawaiian ladies 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. through the Nineteen Thirties, Hawaiian tradition, really its track and hula, had huge, immense promotional price. within the Nineteen Forties, hundreds of thousands of U.S. infantrymen and armed forces body of workers in Hawai'i have been entertained through hula performances, a lot of which have been filmed by means of army photographers. but, as Adria L. Imada indicates, Hawaiians extensively utilized hula as a method of cultural survival and countercolonial political praxis. In Aloha America, Imada specializes in the years among the Nineties and the Nineteen Sixties, analyzing little-known performances and movies sooner than turning to the present-day reappropriation of hula through the Hawaiian self-determination movement.
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Aloha America: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire by Adria L. Imada