New PDF release: Barack Obama, The Aloha Zen President: How a Son of the 50th

By Michael Haas

ISBN-10: 0313394024

ISBN-13: 9780313394027

ISBN-10: 0313394032

ISBN-13: 9780313394034

With a foreword written through former presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, this e-book portrays President Barack Obama as a real baby of Hawai‘i and explains why he believes that the US can in achieving much more greatness by way of studying from the multicultural customs of the fiftieth state.

• presents connections among fees from President Barack Obama to his philosophy and temperament through the book

• offers a accomplished examine the multiculturalism of Hawai‘i and ties those features to Obama's profession and political decision-making

• encompasses a reprint of the textual content of the Aloha Spirit legislation, which courses governmental judgements in Hawai‘i with the strength of law

• Identifies how Obama's presidency is not like the other due to his multicultural reports as a toddler of Hawai‘i, and why he's pressured to convey his humanity, idealism, and powerful trust in American values to the whole country

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The term itself was coined by Israel Zangwill in a stage play entitled The Melting Pot (1909). The idea was that a new amalgamated American culture had developed to replace old ways brought from Europe. Not all observers, however, were eager to jump into the proverbial melting pot. In a polemic written during the first year of World War I, academic Edward Ross (1914) published a scathing critique of Italians and Slavs as genetically inferior, Jews as greedy, and their presence in the United States as a rootless proletariat threatening skilled nativeborn workers and relying on political corruption for their advancement.

The uniqueness of America, Kallen felt, was that many streams of immigrants had been enriching the country for more than a century into a mosaic of cultures. Ethnic groups, according to Kallen, have retained what is valuable from their own cultural heritage while accepting a common political culture in the form of democratic principles—representative government under a rule of law that protects individual liberties. Cultural pluralism was later attacked for justifying cultural separatism, that is, supporting a transformation to a “nation of nations” similar to Switzerland or a segregated America of ethnically pure residential enclaves.

The oratorical masterpiece of 1963. WHAT IS “MULTICULTURALISM”? First-time visitors to Hawaiʻi on packaged tours often arrive at Honolulu airport, are greeted with leis and music by dark-skinned young people, and are bused to lavish hotels for a week of fun in the sun. They learn about something called the “Aloha Spirit” while on tours and absorb the friendliness of the Islands while observing smiling faces and receiving courteous, seemingly deferential treatment. All too many live in a plastic tourist bubble, unaware that a complex society lies behind what may appear to be a gentle façade.

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