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June 04, 2011

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Murray Browne

I did want to add that if you want a strong sense of what the missionary experience in Hawaii was like check out Maxine Hong Kingston's China Men. There is a memorable scene when female missionaries in Hawaii visit some Chinese laborers who agree to meet with the "Jesus demonesses" so they won't have to work in the sugar cane fields. It's funny. (Kingston does not lack a sense of humor.)

Also I found it odd in that Vowell didn't mention Mark Twain's accounts of Hawaii in the 1860s. I am not sure Twain was politically correct, but I would have been interested in her assessment.

Again, I am criticizing for what is NOT in the book. -- Murray

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