Sounds of Paradise

Charles Hiroshi Garrett

in Struggling to Define a Nation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254862
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942820 | DOI:
Sounds of Paradise

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This chapter reviews the project of musical nation building and racial representation during the early twentieth century, centering on the craze for the Hawaiian and Hawaiian-themed music that arrived in the United States during the 1910s and 1920s. It also notes that the multifaceted relationship between the Hawaiian Islands and the mainland shows how the varying processes of cultural collision, cooptation, and crossover play out in musical culture.

Keywords: musical nation building; racial representation; Hawaiian music; Hawaiian-themed music; cultural collision; cultural crossover; cultural cooptation; musical culture

Chapter.  19001 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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