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ERIC Number: EJ877772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
What School You Went? Local Culture, Local Identity, and Local Language: Stories of Schooling in Hawai'i
Lum, Darrell H. Y.
Educational Perspectives, v41 n1-2 p6-16 2008
In this article, the author explores local culture and local cultural practices in an attempt to understand the forces and influences that have affected the development of a local identity as well as the persistence of Pidgin (Hawai'i Creole) as its language. The author begins with an introductory discussion of themes that emerge in two short stories, (1) "What School You Went?"; and (2) "No Pass Back," narrated in Pidgin by a young narrator describing his school experiences during the 50s and 60s. The vignettes in the first story demonstrate the clear distinctions between the mainstream adult culture and that of the students. The second story "No Pass Back" is an exploration of power and resistance and of how change can occur from within a community. Together they paint a picture of local Hawai'i culture and of the narrator's growing understanding of his place in the world. The stories are fitting examples of the ways in which literature can illuminate the complexities of identity formation in the context of family, friends, classmates, and teachers. (Contains 11 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii