Interview with Robert Oshiro (4/7/1988)

Interview with Robert Oshiro conducted by Chris Conybeare and Daniel W. Tuttle, Jr. on 4/7/1988 in the KHET studio Honolulu, Oʻahu as part of the Hawaiʻi Political History Documentation Project. Political strategist and former legislator analyzes media and grassroots efforts in campaigns. Also discussed are the personalities and/or philosophies of John Burns, Tom Gill, George Ariyoshi, and John Waihee. Other topics include: his interest in labor management and civil rights while in law school at Duke University; becoming politically active in the 1950s and joining the Democratic party; being mentored by Tom Gill; significance of the 1954 election; experiences as state chairman of the Democratic party; 1966 election for lieutenant governor and how it caused conflict between Tom Gill and Jack Burns; importance of media and role of ethnicity in politics; opinion on the future of politics in Hawaiʻi. Interview spans 6 videotapes. Transcript is available

Languages: English


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