This research project investigates the impetus for the reversal of fortunes between the Japanese American and Native Hawaiian communities in the debate over Hawaiian statehood. It finds that the groups' differential political development during World War Two catalyzed both the progression of statehood along Japanese American interests as well as the marginalization of Native Hawaiians. Ultimately, the reversal of fortunes diminished the groups' burgeoning racial solidarity from the 1930s.

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