Pacific Currents, the September 2015 special issue of American Quarterly and coedited by our own Professor Ty Kāwika Tengan won the Council of Editors of Learned Journals award for the best special issue​ in 2017
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.

August 31, 2017

Ethnic Studies Student Association Introductory Meeting


August 31, 2017

3:30 pm

George Hall 301B (AQ Room)


ESSA encourages students to implement what they learn into active engagement with the larger community and provides social spaces to discuss identity. Come to ESSA's first meeting and bring a friend!




September 8, 2017

The Department of Ethnic Studies Open House


September 8, 2017

12:30pm - 2:00pm

George 301B (AQ Room)


Please join us for our open house where you can meet new friends, eat delicious food, and chat with faculty.




September 13 -15, 2017

Art and the Power of Community


September 13 - 15, 2017

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa


Visiting Activist Oraganizers, Eden Jequinto and Mariella Saba, will run an interactive workshop that invities you to make art and theatre for our communities and for social justice.





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June 15, 2017

Congratulations Dr. Hasager on Receiving Tenure!


We are proud to announce that Dr. Ulla Hasager has received tenure. She has made important contributions to our Department's focus on Oceanic Ethnic Studies and has been instrumental ​to integrating​ service learning and civic engagement at all levels of our curriculum.



January 31, 2017

Pacific Currents, ​coedited by Professor Ty P. Kāwika Tengan, won a Council of Editors of Learned Journals award


The American Quarterly special issue, Pacific Currents, ​coedited by Ethnic Studies professor Ty P. Kāwika Tengan​ with Prof.​ Paul Lyons​ (Department of English) ​won the Council of Editors of Learned Journals award for the best special issue​ in 2017. In its citation for the award, the CELJ, notes:


“Pacific Currents” is the theme of AQ, which is now in its 67th volume. The issue compiles a great many directions for studying the multifaceted ways in which the Pacific shapes our understanding of the nation, through poems, artworks, and reflections; in a forum dedicated to the exchanges between native Pacific studies and American studies featuring seven meditations by diverse scholars; in an interview with a medical health community activist; in four essays analyzing “Crises of Signification”; three essays on “Rooted Routedness and Resistance”; four essays on “Prefigurations”; and two essay-reviews, on the arts as well as historical formations. Contributors run the gamut of some 12 different scholarly disciplines, truly a multi- and cross-disciplinary effort to create a landmark issue devoted to giving the field a new coherence and salience."




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Inside the Ethnic Studies Studio

November 10, 2016

YOX: Year of the Ox

This presentation will feature the hip hop duo, YOX: Year of the Ox. In 2016, the tag team of Lyricks and JL released “Seven Rings,” garnering millions of views while definitely answering the question “can Asians rap?”



September 15, 2016

Spel Oner

This presentation will feature Spel Oner, a graphic designer and illustrator whose broad range of visual material (from traditional artistic forms to graffiti writing to computer-based media) appears on print and digital display. Spel was born in the Philippines and moved to Hawai‘i at the age of three.



September 8, 2016


This presentation will feature the multi-talented artist Shing02. Born in Tokyo, raised in Tanzania and England, Shing02 came up in the independent SF Bay Area scene in the early '90s. Over the course of his independent career starting in 1995, he has collaborated with various DJs and musicians, most notably with the late Japanese producer Nujabes.



Island Connections

May 12, 2017


Guests: Eréndira Aldana: PhD Candidate in Psychology - UH Manoa, Member of the UH Immigrant & Refugee Action Coalition; Clare Hanusz: Immigration Attorney


The panel discussed immigration policy under president Trump and his use of Executive Orders to change specific policies. Specifically, the “Muslim Ban” and the short-sighted immigration decisions regarding Mexico. Discussion encompassed the sanctuary movement and the First Amendment rights of both documented and undocumented immigrants in Hawai‘i.

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April 14, 2017

Trump's Middle East Policy

Guests: Farideh Farhi, Independent scholar, Affiliate Faculty of Political Science- UH Manoa


The show discussed the highly incoherent and problematic U.S. policy in various Middle East spaces, such as, Iran, Syria, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The U.S. seems to think it still exists in a unilateral world, as was the case under President George W. Bush.

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