MIXED-PLATE BIOLOGY, HAWAIIAN STYLE
"MIXED-PLATE BIOLOGY, HAWAIIAN STYLE", is a collection of biological activities that values the cultures of modern Hawaii's multicultural population. The collection includes:
Hawaii is a land of immigrants. The Hawaiians are believed to have arrived around
1000 AD from the Marquesas Islands in the South Pacific. Starting in the 18th century,
Europeans and Americans arrived usually involved in missionary work or seafaring trades. Once agricultural plantations of sugar and pineapple were established in the
20th century, workers arrived from China, Japan, Puerto Rico, Portugal, and the Philippines.
Since the plantation days, immigration has been largely from Southeast Asian nations of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand; Korea; the South Pacific nations
of Samoa and Tonga; the Philippines; as well as the US mainland. As ethnic diversity
increases in our classrooms, let's draw from the various cultures to personalize
the concepts of biology.
(About the title: a Mixed Plate is a unique lunch that evolved as new immigrant populations arrived in Hawaii and can include pork adobo from the Philippines, teriyaki beef from Japan, kim chee from Korea, bean soup from Portugal, chow mein from China,
traditional Hawaiian foods such as lau lau and poi and of course two scoops of rice.)