There is a lot to read here and in the excellent comments discussion. I will only add that from the perspective of Hawaii this is very much like looking at historical film clips from 1910. Hawaii has no majority. We are all minority with a majority of our new generations, for some time now, blends of our population. As are my kids and grandkids their names include both Hawaiian and family ethnicity. My grandkids include Caucasian, Japanese, Chinese, Hispanic, Thai. The ethnicity of middle names (multiple) is useful to identify that heritage because you may not be able to tell by looking. Needless to say their friends and classmates are very much the same.

Interestingly their cultural ethnicity is a choice in these situations. I have a beautiful and talented granddaughter who speaks Japanese, Cantonese, and is also a Japanese calligrapher and it still in high school. My two youngest granddaughters in California study Spanish and Japanese and blend other parts of those cultural traditions.

While they all are proud of their family heritage and cultural origins they get to choose which parts they emphasize. The college age and older ones also consider themselves People of Color with a German grandfather (my cultural heritage). One thing they are not is racist. They do have sharp comments, at times, to make about elements of specific ethnicities. But that is very much a major part of Hawaiian humor. It is not perfect but we do tend to laugh at ourselves.

There is hope. In this sense I’ve been lucky to live most of my life in the future despite being part of America that has never overcome its racist past. It is hard to be too racist when you are a minority and there are people around who will point our your ethnic weakspots.

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