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Asian American History 101

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Jun 28, 2021

Welcome to Episode 35 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Back in Episode 25, we began to discuss the history of Hawai’i, the most famous of the Pacific Islands. It’s time for Part 2! In this episode, we talk about the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai’i and the events that led up to it. However, to open the show, we celebrate the recent announcement of the four Asian Pacific Americans who will be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2022, with special celebration of James Hong, an acting icon and early founder of the East West Players. We close the episode with information on the acceptance of gender fluidity in Hawai’i and Samoa, and highlight some notable activists. To learn more, you can watch this Ted Talk of Kumu Hina (Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu), learn The Meaning of Māhū, or read Samoan Queer Lives by Dan Taulapapa Mc Mullin and Yuki Kihara. Continue to learn more and visit our site at or for social media. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at


  • 0:26 API on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 2:49 History of Hawai’i Part 2
  • 18:24 Gender identity in Hawai’i and the Pacific Islands