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Talking About a Revolution

A pop quiz with some surprising answers

Why is Hawaii especially significant to HLS?

HLS’s first Asian-American graduates came from Hawaii. The Chinese Exclusion Act (1882) prevented those who were Chinese from becoming American citizens, and by 1924 the exclusion had been broadened to apply to all Asians. But when Hawaii was annexed, its residents automatically became U.S. citizens, including Hiram Fong ’35, the first Asian-American to be elected to the U.S. Senate and the first U.S. senator from Hawaii.

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