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Asian American History 101

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Sep 27, 2021

Welcome to Episode 50 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! It’s time for Part 3 in a series on the History of Hawai’i. Today we’re talking about the road to statehood for Hawai’i… a path that many native Hawai’ians probably did not approve of. How do territories become states? What was it like for Hawai’i. We also talk about the rise in Anti-Asian hate incidents here in Orange County as well as the confirmation of Florence Pan, the first Asian American woman to serve as Federal District Court Judge in Washington D.C. To close, we take time to talk about Blue Bayou by Justin Chon, a film we loved, and share an organization seeking justice for Asian American adoptees who were never granted citizenship, Adoptees for Justice. To learn more, please visit our site at or for social media. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at


  • 00:40 OC Hate Crimes Report and Florence Pan
  • 07:23 Road to Hawai’i Statehood
  • 19:52 Blue Bayou by Justin Chon