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The Euro-American Referent and Poverty Programs in Hawaii

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Title: The Euro-American Referent and Poverty Programs in Hawaii
Authors: Fong, Paul
Issue Date: 26 Sep 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: In the mid-1960's, President Lyndon Johnson promised Americans a new “Great Society.” Funds poured out of governmental coffers, rhetoric out of politicians' mouths, and high-powered statistical analyses were made on programs - all in the “war against poverty.” Despite all this, ghettos and poverty remain with us. This inability to make substantial changes toward helping the poor creates the need for this paper i.e., perhaps what is needed is not a sophisticated quantitative analysis, but a more personal examination of poverty programs. Hopefully, this paper can offer some insight into what poverty programs are like in Hawaii and why these, as well as well as other programs in America, are having problems in helping the poor. I believe the underlying reason for these problems is, that programs are static in one perspective, the Euro-American referent. By taking the Case of the Summer Youth Employment Program, a Model Cities Program, I will attempt to point out how the Euro- American referent is the essential basis of the program. Subsequent to this, I will try to point out how difficulties arise from the program's Euro-American basis. Before reaching these observations, however, I will present some workable definition of the Euro-American referent. Then, I will present a description of the Model Cities Program in Honolulu and the Concentrated Employment Program of Honolulu.
Pages/Duration: 46 pages
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