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Diasporic Deracination and "Off-Island" Hawaiians

Diasporic Deracination and "Off-Island" Hawaiians J Këhaulani Kauanui I n 1894, a year after the US-backed overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom,1 August Jean Baptise Marques--a French physician and founder of the Portuguese-language newspaper O Luso Hawaiiano--published an article in the Journal of the Polynesian Society titled "The Population of the Hawaiian Islands," which asked in its subtitle, "Is the Hawaiian a Doomed Race?" (Marques 1894, 23). In answering that question, Marques focused on important topics needing further consideration at the time: the rapid depopulation of "full-blood" Hawaiians and underestimated counts of the so-called half-castes, whose numbers actually were increasing. He surmised that "this race was . . . condemned to utter extinction in a very short lapse of time, an idea repeated as a certain fact of many would-be authorities who ought to know better . . . the broad notion of the impending extinction of the Hawaiian race is, to say the least, premature." Furthermore, Marques argued, "it is quite safe to conclude that the mere point, that the foreigner happens to outnumber the native, cannot allow the former any just preponderance over the latter, nor does it diminish the native's sovereignty." He also noted that such eager notions about the decline http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Diasporic Deracination and "Off-Island" Hawaiians

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 19 (1) – Jan 17, 2007

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J Këhaulani Kauanui I n 1894, a year after the US-backed overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom,1 August Jean Baptise Marques--a French physician and founder of the Portuguese-language newspaper O Luso Hawaiiano--published an article in the Journal of the Polynesian Society titled "The Population of the Hawaiian Islands," which asked in its subtitle, "Is the Hawaiian a Doomed Race?" (Marques 1894, 23). In answering that question, Marques focused on important topics needing further consideration at the time: the rapid depopulation of "full-blood" Hawaiians and underestimated counts of the so-called half-castes, whose numbers actually were increasing. He surmised that "this race was . . . condemned to utter extinction in a very short lapse of time, an idea repeated as a certain fact of many would-be authorities who ought to know better . . . the broad notion of the impending extinction of the Hawaiian race is, to say the least, premature." Furthermore, Marques argued, "it is quite safe to conclude that the mere point, that the foreigner happens to outnumber the native, cannot allow the former any just preponderance over the latter, nor does it diminish the native's sovereignty." He also noted that such eager notions about the decline

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