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A New Word and a New Cause

First a new word. Kama’aina. Pronounced like this. It means, essentially child of the land referring in this instance to residents of Hawaii.

I’m attempting to add this word to the social justice lexicon, because too often the residents of Hawaii are conflated with Hawaiians. This isn’t just a pet peeve on my part (although, yes, I find it highly annoying), its also a political problem.

Hawaiians are the indigenous people of Hawaii. Their culture was almost obliterated by disease brought by Captain Cook and his expedition, then by western exploitation and religious conversion, then by theft of their land, and more recently by poverty and neglect (pdf). Its a familiar story no doubt, but one that deserves your attention.

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Your definition of foreign exchange is not like mine.

“Their experience of America is America within the four walls of a factory in a subcontracted company and in the heart of a company town, and that’s not the America they came to experience. . .These student workers are actually on strike for their neighbors, Pennsylvanians, demanding these jobs be turned into living wage jobs […]

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Greetings!

Hello, ducks!* I’m C. L. Minou, and I’m ecstatic to be a guest blogger here on Feministe. To get the usual descriptives out of the way: I’m white, almost 40, TAB, and (the rumors** were true!) a trans woman. I like post-scarcity anarcho-socialist fiction***, feminist science fiction, and thoughtfully analyzing the kyriarchy through the medium […]

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