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Local Color: Hawaiian Shave Ice, Aesthetics, and State Multiculturalism
Local Color: Hawaiian Shave Ice, Aesthetics, and State MulticulturalismNothing says Hawaiʻi like Shave Ice," the Los Angeles Times declared in a 2014 travel article. The recent popularization of Hawaiʻi-associated foods dovetails with renewed interest in the Pacific across multiple cultural registers. Focusing on shave ice as part of this phenomenon, this presentation reconstructs the history of Hawaiian shave ice by taking settler colonial and Indigenous politics into account. Given the complex social context of migration, diaspora, and Asian settler colonialism in forming Hawaiʻi's 'local' identity, shave ice presents a useful illustration of how state multiculturalism operates in everyday, gustatory life. Much like the way that Hawaiʻi's "melting pot" became an aspiration - albeit a complicated one - for the future of American society, shave ice coheres nationalist renditions of U.S. "Hawaiian" subjectivity through food: for all of its specificity to Hawaiʻi's pre-Statehood past, it has been deployed to produce unexpectedly American narratives.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Location:
Literature Building
Room 155 (de Certeau)
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA
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Thursday, May 16 - 4:00 PM

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