Our own Professor Ty Kāwika Tengan along with a Hawai'i based team edited the September 2015 special issue of American Quarterly.
Congratuations to Professors Noel Kent and Davianna McGregor for 40 years of service to the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Congratulations to Professor Ulla Hasager (middle) and the SENCER Hawai'i Team for receiving the Inaugural Award for Exemplary Multi-Institutional and Regional Collaborations in the Service of Citizen Science from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement
Welcome to the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Initiated in 1970, Ethnic Studies combines traditional and contemporary methodologies with new perspectives on issues of race, ethnicity, and class. The focus is on Hawai'i, with its rich legacy of multiethnic heritages. The research, teaching, and service components, however, also involve the United States and comparative studies of societies around the globe.

February 5, 2016

Oceanic Connections: Home-less, house-less, home-free, free ...?
Exploring Oceanic Experiences and Perceptions of “Homelessness” in Hawaiʻi

9:00am - 1:00pm

ACCESS Lounge, Dean Hall 05/06


Talk-story sessions with homeless of Oceanic ancestry, those on the ground, who work with and in homeless communities, and UHM faculty and students. Networking lunch.









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February 3, 2016

2016 Summer Session Courses


Ethnic Studies has a number of courses being offered this Summer both online and on-campus! Below are some of the highlighted courses.


Summer Session I (May 23 - June 1):

ES 338: American Indian Experience (DH, ETH, WI)

ES 372: Asian American Literature (DL, WI)

ES 381: Social Movements in Hawaiʻi (DS, ETH, HAP, WI)

ES 395: Popular Culture: Hip Hop (Pending: WI)


Summer Session II (July 5 – August 12):

ES 318: Asian America: Survey (DH, ETH, OC)


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Inside the Ethnic Studies Studio

February 27, 2015

Scarub (of Living Legends) & A-Plus (of Hieroglyphics)

This presentation will feature Scarub and A-Plus, members of three of the most critically-acclaimed hip hop music collectives.






February 18, 2015


This presentation will feature the multi-talented Shing02. Born in Tokyo, raised in Tanzania and England, Shing02 came up in the independent SF Bay Area scene in the early 1990s. Over the course of his independent career starting in 1995, the bilingual MC has made the transition from sample-based music to live performances with a full band incorporating traditional instruments, while remaining true to his hip hop roots.



Island Connections

November 13, 2015

Globalization and Empire

Guests: Manfred Steger, Professor of Political Science - UHM, Honorary Professor of Global Studies at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology


The discussion centered around the meaning of globalization and globalism and their relationship to political economic development worldwide.

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October 9, 2015

Faculty and Students for Justice in Palestine

Guests: Cynthia Franklin, Professor of English - UHM; Noel Kent, Professor of Ethnic Studies - UHM


The discussion focused on the newly formed organization at the University of Hawai‘i in support of Palestinian national rights and against Israeli apartheid.

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September 11, 2015

The Iran Nuclear Deal

Guest: Farideh Farhi, Ph.D., Affiliate Professor of Political Science - UHM


A detailed discussion about the Iranian nuclear deal and its implications for Iran, the U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the region as a whole.

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May 8, 2015


Guest: Bianca Isaki, KAHEA Board Member; Shelley Muneoka, KAHEA Board Member; Jonathan Osorio, Professor of Hawaiian Studies - UHM


The guests discussed the controversy surrounding the Thirty Meter Telescope from an indigenous perspective.

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April 10, 2015

Micronesians: Between Two Worlds

Guest: Joakim Peters, Ph.D. Candidate, College of Education - UHM, Member of The Micronesian Community Advocacy Group


The show explored recent developments in the situation of Micronesians in Hawai‘i and the continental U.S., especially in terms of health care, education and employment.

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