In late February 2020, as part of the Duke Immerse: Global Inequalities program, nineteen Duke students and staff traveled to Honolulu* to study disparities in the economy, housing, education, and more. The region’s unique history and demographics provided a compelling lens through which to consider these inequities: starting with the Chinese laborers of the 1850s, who first traveled to Hawaii to work on sugar and pineapple plantations, to the Native Hawaiian population of today who, following the island’s annexation in 1897 and the subsequent attacks on their culture, now have few pathways to upward social mobility.
This page contains blogposts from the ten-day trip, as well as links to background readings and photo albums.
For general information on the Duke Immerse – Global Inequalities program, please use the link below:
* The original planned trip to Beijing, China, was cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
- Part 1: Travel and First Day at Manoa
- Part 2: Discussing Globalization, Pearl Harbor, and Education
- Part 3: Housing Policy in Kauai, Ho’olaule’a, Chinatown, and more
- Part 4: Return to Chinatown and Educational Policy at Kamehameha
Further Readings on:
- Kamehameha Schools and the Song Contest
- The Housing Crisis in Kauai
- The Sun Yat-Sen Trail
- The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii