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Skouge, James R.; Kajiyama, Brian – Educational Perspectives, 2009
In this article, the authors relate a story about the transformative power of technologies for voice. They relate Brian Kajiyama's personal odyssey--what might be described as a journey from unvoiced to vocal--in learning to use a DynaWrite, a type-and-talk device that Brian uses as a communication tool.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Influence of Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Special Education
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Lum, Darrell H. Y. – Educational Perspectives, 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…
Descriptors: Ethnicity, Pidgins, Creoles, Local Norms
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Booth, Marlene – Educational Perspectives, 2008
In this essay, the author discusses her experiences in creating her film about Hawai'i Creole. She shares how she chronicles the essence of local life in the film through Pidgin. She also discusses how she came to understand the power of Pidgin, its centrality in people's lives, and its place in defining the uniqueness of Hawai'i. As the author…
Descriptors: Pidgins, Creoles, Hawaiians, Language Attitudes
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Yokota, Thomas – Educational Perspectives, 2008
In this essay, the author examines the attitudes that people in Hawai'i have about Hawai'i Creole. The author first describes the background of the language and explores educators' views from the 1920s to 1940s about Hawai'i Creole (HC), which was first viewed as the the "Pidgin problem" in Hawai'i. The frustrations expressed by…
Descriptors: Pidgins, Creoles, Language Attitudes, Interviews
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Educational Perspectives, 2008
This article presents an adaptation of a position paper written by Da Pidgin Coup, a group of concerned faculty and students in the Department of Second Language Studies (SLS). In fall 1999, the group became concerned about a statement made by the chairman of the Board of Education implicating Pidgin in the poor results of the students of Hawai'i…
Descriptors: Pidgins, Writing Tests, Position Papers, Creoles
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Sakoda, Kent; Tamura, Eileen H. – Educational Perspectives, 2008
For a number of years, Kent Sakoda has been teaching at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in the Department of Second Language Studies. His course, "Pidgin and Creole English in Hawai'i," is popular among students on campus. He has also taught at Hawai'i Pacific University. Because of his expertise on the grammar of Pidgin (Hawai'i…
Descriptors: Municipalities, Pidgins, Creoles, Japanese
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Rynkofs, J. Timothy – Educational Perspectives, 2008
In this article, the author describes a three-month study he conducted in Ellen Hino's classroom during writing workshop. The major purpose of the study was to look at the ways this native-born teacher responds orally to students who share her own bidialectical background. Most of these students are Native Hawaiian and speak a nonprestigious…
Descriptors: Creoles, Nonstandard Dialects, Hawaiians, Cultural Differences
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Siegel, Jeff – Educational Perspectives, 2008
Like plate lunches, aloha shirts, and lei, Pidgin is an important part of local identity in Hawai'i. While some people still think of Pidgin as "broken English," many now realize that it is a distinct creole language, similar to others that have developed in multilingual environments, and call it Hawai'i Creole or HCE (Hawai'i Creole…
Descriptors: Standard Spoken Usage, Language Acquisition, Pidgins, Dialects
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Au, Kathryn H. – Educational Perspectives, 2008
Every multicultural society has a language of power--the language spoken by members of the dominant group or groups--as well as languages that lack power because they are spoken by members of the subordinate group or groups. The ascension of one language over another has long been a source of controversy in Hawai'i, as it has in many parts of the…
Descriptors: Creoles, Reading Achievement, Literacy, Reading Instruction
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Banks, Cherry A. McGee – Educational Perspectives, 2007
Following the Japanese attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the nation was thrown into a state of fear and hysteria. On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order No. 9066 which resulted in more than 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry being either interned in relocation centers, drafted, or…
Descriptors: Democracy, War, Japanese Americans, Relocation
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Che, Yi; Hayashi, Akiko; Tobin, Joseph – Educational Perspectives, 2007
For the past six years the authors have been working together on a major study of early childhood education in China, Japan, and the United States. This study, "Continuity and Change in Preschools in Three Cultures," is a sequel to "Preschools in Three Cultures," a book by Joseph Tobin, David Wu, and Dana Davidson that was…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Preschool Curriculum
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Pyon, Heekyong Teresa; Cao, Yan; Li, Huey-li – Educational Perspectives, 2007
In this article, the authors examine "the complex processes of identity formation among Asians in America" by means of a narrative self-inquiry that explores the formation of their own multilayered identities. They do this by telling a story of becoming Asians and/or Asian Americans. They start with Heekyong Teresa Pyon's narrative of becoming an…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Korean Americans, Asian Americans, North Americans
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Kang, Julie – Educational Perspectives, 2007
Data from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction show that Asians are the largest non-European teachers group teaching in Washington (2004). One thousand, three hundred, and thirty-three, full-time classroom teachers identify themselves as Asian. In Washington classrooms, there are more Asian teachers than Black…
Descriptors: Oral History, Teaching (Occupation), Japanese Americans, Asian Americans
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Menton, Linda K. – Educational Perspectives, 2007
The Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) is a research unit of the College of Education at the University of Hawai'i. Part of its mission is to develop curriculum materials for students in grades K-12. The social studies section of CRDG has been developing curriculum materials on Asia since the early 1990s. As part of a project…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Area Studies, Curriculum Research, Instructional Materials
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Yoshida, Hiromi – Educational Perspectives, 2007
This article examines how "Nisei," the second generation of Japanese immigrants, in Hilo on the island of Hawai'i have maintained their Japanese cultural and linguistic skills. In this article, the author first provides a history of these Japanese immigrant communities in Hilo. This article describes the author's research findings. The…
Descriptors: Asian Culture, Cultural Maintenance, Japanese Americans, Immigrants
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