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Thanksgiving in Hawaii

 

Thanksgiving dinner

We have been focusing a lot on this trip on the history of America. We went to Plymouth itself to understand the birth of America and its myths. Thanksgiving is of course the quintessential American holiday between the Pilgrims who came from England to build their own “city upon a hill” but barely could make it through the winter. The Wampanog tribe offered them food and together they had a feast sometime in November which we now celebrate as Thanksgiving.

We had a Thanksgiving unlike any other I have experienced in Hawaii. It reflects how far we have come—geographically and culturally—in our journey and as a nation. Hawaii is an interesting state, unlike any other, that prides itself on its diversity and openness. I had been here once previously for a conference on diversity due to the fact that whites are the minority here. The native Hawaiians and Asian-Americans make up the majority of the people. So what does a Thanksgiving in a context totally removed from Plymouth, white settlers, or sweet potatoes look like? Continue reading

A Pilgrimage to Plymouth, Massachusetts

While in Boston the team went to the birthplace of America, Plymouth Rock, and explored the replica of the Mayflower. We then went to the early village settlements of the Pilgrims, including actors who perfectly assumed the character of early America. It was especially poignant for me because my ancestors can be traced all the way back to the Fuller family from Norfolk, England, who came over on the Mayflower on that tiny but providential ship.

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