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Someone from Syracuse University

Someone from Syracuse University sent this to me in response to http://www.RealHapas.com:

Name: Lindsay Bernstein

IP Address: 128.###.###.###

Email: #########@syr.edu

Lindsay Bernstein's Comments are:

Hi, I'm a law student in New York and I've been doing some research on people in San Jose, California who claim they are "Hapas" but have no ties to the Hawaiian community. Any information would be extremely helpful, and perhaps I could help from a legal standpoint. Thank you.

Sometimes I don't know if the people who contact me are genuine... or not. It's difficult to tell. After all it's all about money, power, and/or fame... isn't it. Or at least... for some people. More importantly if people would just respect other people's cultures then this would not even be an issue. Unfortunately some people are not mindful of Hawaiians. Therefore it gives us a burden of protecting ourselves, our culture, our people, and our children when the Hawaiian word "hapa" was a gift from our Hawaiian ancestors to celebrate our ancestors Hawaiian and Haole... yet some people like to open our present and keep the present that was not meant for them... for themselves.

I don't know what to tell her. How do you explain the obvious to someone? Seriously... I try not to insult people's intelligence. In any case I appreciate his/her support that I should be thanking him/her... not the other way around where s/he is thanking me. Also it shows me that s/he is mindful of Hawaiians. I wish more people were like that. You know... show some compassion for Hawaiians who are out-numbered, out-earned, and are underrepresented in the cannons of higher learning (i.e. colleges, universities, and subsequently in law schools.)

Anyway I have to update the website and reorganize parts of it, add more pictures, add some of the emails that I've received, etc. Sometimes I wonder why I spend money having it hosted, energy maintaining it, and time managing it. When I see a Hawaiian child and when I hear my middle niece, Moon Face, tell me "Thank you, Aunty"... it makes it worth while. Knowing that Hawaiian children will have that present from our kupuna instead of allowing some people to take their present away from them makes it worth my time, money, and energy. Unfortunately some people think that I do it for myself. However I do it for kids namely Hawaiian kids... not for me. Then again alot of people are selfish and only think about themselves so I can see why they think I do it for myself because they are egocentric lol In any case... this is why I do it:

Anyway back to work work.



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Sep. 16th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
I am not sure what to add or take away from your post, Only that I love my Physical therapist she is hawaiin and she teaches me how to say things in hawaiin and we talk all the time about random things

I am sorry there has been those who have experienced cultural hatred.
I indentify as Native American, although I look very white.
I was raised in a white culture and at nearly 34 I am seeking out to learn more about my NAtive ancestry. Because i want culture. My ex who was 1/2 chinese taught me alot about cultural differences and It gave me alot of respect for other cultures , it is hard, like i took a moral philosophy class in college and it dealt alot with east/west cultural differences and the big question we discussed was "does one culture have the right to judge another culture". We debated alot.
Some poeple have ideas from what they're used to and those ideas are what they know and things outside what they know. scare and challenge their sense of right and wrong, It is their ignorance that provokes their hatred. It is sad that way when ignorance is the easiest thing to reverse.
Like I have a hard time with cultures that have violence as an every day thing-like in africa where girls are circumsized by removing their cliterous so they become the object of making babies only and when they get circumsized they are sewn up so that the husband is the first to literally rip them open. Some die at 8-9 after the procedure due to lack of health and safety practices. I think it is the worst thing I've ever heard, but it is part of their culture.
Everyone will not agree with the way each other lives, but it does suck when they act harshly and hateful.
Some cultures would kill me knowing I am gay and a construction worker, but what do i do, just let it be.
I gues I have no answers-just sharing some experience and info.
Sep. 16th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
that last paragraph made me smile in a good way.

go you!
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