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Raced to Death in 1920s Hawai i: Injustice and Revenge in the Fukunaga Case

Jonathan Y. Okamura

Abstract

This book analyzes the larger racial significance of the quick conviction and death sentence given to a likely insane Japanese American, Myles Fukunaga, for murdering a White boy, Gill Jamieson, in 1928. The Fukunaga case demonstrates how race operated in Hawai‘i to enforce the hierarchical relations between Whites and non-Whites. In arguing that Fukunaga was raced to death, two different meanings of race are employed. First, he was hanged because he was of the “Japanese race” and committed his crime during the 1920s, when Japanese Americans were perceived as the most politically and economica ... More

Keywords: race, racial injustice, colorblindness, multiculturalism, White supremacy, insane, execution, Myles Fukunaga, Japanese Americans, Kahahawai

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042607
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042607.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Y. Okamura, author
University of Hawaii at Manoa