Biographical Research Center

Interview with Helen Chapin 7/14/2004 tape 1

Interview with Helen Chapin, journalist, educator and author of "Shaping History: The Role of Newspapers in Hawaiʻi," recorded on July 14, 2004 for Biography Hawaiʻi: Koji Ariyoshi. Topics include: who tended to control and publish newspapers in Hawaiʻi historically; the appearance of newspapers during the monarchy era that began to question the kingdom's socio-political status quo; the role and prominence of the Honolulu Advertiser in Hawaiʻi newspaper history; the means used by the Advertiser to affect public opinion; the Hawaiian nationalist press; the rise of Hawaiʻi's immigrant newspapers and the ruling class's attempts to censor them; why "ethnic" newspapers began publishing in English; the foundations of Ariyoshi's passion for journalism; his tenure at Ka Leo O Hawaiʻi; his role models in journalism; the origins, dynamics, daily operations and personalities involved in the Honolulu Record; and the meaning of Chapin's referring to Ariyoshi as a "muck raker."

Languages: English


  • Public affairs

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