The author of the passage uses the phrase "the flux within Hawaiian society" (line 33) primarily in order to

Boram on January 14, 2019

Answer choice (d)

Would (d) be the correct answer because line 9 says "multicultural life in Hawaii"?

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Ravi on January 15, 2019


Great question. Line 10 tells us about multicultural life in Hawaii,
so this provides some context for what "flux" means in line 33. The
discussion of immigrants in Lum's poem described in the second
paragraph also clues us in on "flux."

Additionally, if we look at the sentence in which "flux" is used, we
see that the author discusses the traditional culture of Hawaii as
well as its heterogeneous one. All of these components of the text
allow us to conclude that "the flux within Hawaiian society" is
referring to the change of culture and diverse nature of Hawaii's
population. This is exactly what answer choice D picks up on, which is
why it's the correct answer.

Does that make sense? Let me know what you think!

Julie-V on September 10, 2019

Would you be able to expand on your explanation of (D) in reference to the paragraph that "flux" is in? I'm not able to see where that paragraph supports the answer choice. Thank you in advance!

Skylar on September 21, 2019

@Julie-V Maybe I can help.

We see "flux" used in line 33 as part of a sentence that reads "...Lum is able to refer both to the traditional culture of his ancestral homeland as well as to the flux within Hawaiian society that has been integral to its heterogeneity." This sentence mentions two different elements: (1) the traditional culture, and (2) the "flux" that is critical to Hawaii's heterogeneity, AKA its diversity. By juxtaposing these two elements, the author heightens our awareness of how the "flux" differs from conventional culture, which leads us to an answer choice that highlights these differences. By mentioning "constant change" and "diverse population," answer choice D does just this.