Dem Haoles

Imagining Whiteness, Hawaiian Style

by Brian M. Gilpin



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 27/07/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 266
ISBN : 9781664176416
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 266
ISBN : 9781664176409
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 266
ISBN : 9781664176393

About the Book

Dem Haoles is an innovative and entertaining study of white privilege. Set against the backdrop of Hawaii, Dem Haoles explores how white people or haoles are portrayed and why. The exploration is guided by the concept of images or archetypes, employed to classify and dissect haole representation. Dem Haoles mines normally mundane entertainment vehicles like romantic comedies and action hero dramas and reveals that these artifacts of popular culture are more than mindless entertainment. They are in fact well camouflaged political messaging.

The focus on popular culture examined through image analysis makes Dem Haoles entertaining and informative. The examination of popular media is detailed and thorough and will evoke deep nostalgic sentiments. While the insightful analysis of images, its mechanics, and intent will provoke critical thinking. Together this combination makes Dem Haoles a unique and rewarding experience that will both invalidate old perceptions about Hawaii and ruin the simple pleasure of mindless entertainment.

About the Author

Brian M. Gilpin is a dedicated student of history and advocate of diverse thought. Recently retired from a long career as a Business and Technology Executive, Dem Haoles represents his first publication. Originally born and raised in Hawaii, Gilpin identifies himself as local boy with bi-racial heritage, having a Caucasian father and Japanese mother. His experiences, living in a white minority society and navigating the space between two distinctly different heritages forms the basis for his writing. He currently resides in the upwardly mobile town of Novato in Northern California where he lives with his wife Patty. They have two adult children, an AI scientist daughter and an aspiring writer son.