Margaret Lam, Again

As we’ve said in previous posts, Margaret Lam was a bit of a character.  She looms large in the RASRL Collection possibly because she made her presence felt.  She was vocal, and in spite of her size cast a long shadow over the RASRL research in the 1930s.   Reading correspondence by and about her,…

Margaret Lam (cont.)

In an earlier post, we discussed the life and career of Margaret Lam who was a University of Hawai‘i graduate student and worked in the Social Research Laboratory. She wrote articles for several sociology journals including Social Process in Hawaii.  She also provided supporting material for Romanzo Adams’ pioneering work, Interracial Marriage in Hawaii. In the RASRL…

Margaret Lam

  Researchers who have spent time studying the sociology of race in Hawai‘i are familiar with the name Margaret Lam. Her MA thesis (“Six Generations of Race Mixture in Hawaii,” UH 1932) was the first study to trace the genealogy and background of the Beckley’s, a prominent and well known hapa Haole family. Bob Dye’s…

Social Process in Hawai‘i

One of the most interesting aspects of the RASRL Collection is the seriousness the students brought to their work.  Most of their work was only ever seen or evaluated by their professors; some provided background and qualitative data for other researchers – other undergraduates, graduate students, and professional researchers.  The papers were sometimes rough drafts…