Upcoming Events

November 30, 2017

More Than a Word


Thursday, November 30

Dean Hall 5 ACCESS Lounge

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


More Than a Word offers a fascinating look inside the growing movement to change the name of the Washington R*dskins football team. Directed by brothers John and Kenn Little, who are members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the film traces how the word “r*dskin” evolved from being a term of racist derision and slander to being embraced as the name of one of the NFL’s most beloved franchises. It also draws on the voices of Native American activists and scholars to place this controversy within the wider context of Native American history and racial stereotyping more generally.


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November 30, 2017

Day of Solidarity


Thursday, November 30

UH Mānoa, Campus Center Courtyard

10:00 am - 2:00 pm


The event focuses on uniting students with art and the community. Special guests include Aztec dancers. This event is sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Student Association, Native Hawaiian Student Services, Black Student Association, Rainbow Alliance, Spanish UHM, Nā Koʻokoʻo, La Raza, SEED/DEI, IRAC, and LGBTQ+ Student Services.


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November 28, 2017

Answering the Call: The American Struggle for the Right to Vote


Tuesday, November 28

George Hall 301B, AQ Room

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Fifty-one years ago, the nation watched in horror as bloody images of police attacks on civil rights protesters in Selma, Alabama aired on television. John Witeck was a sophomore at the University of Virginia when he saw the graphic coverage of Bloody Sunday, and when Dr. King called for supporters to travel to Selma to march for justice he packed his bags and journeyed south.


Fifty-one years later, John and his nephew Brian Jenkins (Director) traveled back to Alabama to document John's story of Selma, the fight for voting rights, and the evolution of the Voting Rights Act; the law that prevented voting discrimination and protected every American's right to vote. In 2013, this monumental protection for all Americans earned by the blood of heroized civil rights advocates was struck down by the Supreme Court. Alabama and many other states have since passed new types of restrictive voting laws that those who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought so hard to overcome.


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November 16, 2017

American Tutelage Gone Awry: Antonio Taguba, Filipino Americanism, and the Critique of Torture


Thursday, November 16

Kuykendall 409A

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


This talk is presented by Kim Compoc, PhD, a lecturer in the departments of English and Ethnic Studies at UH Mānoa. The Center for Biographical Research awarded her the 2017 Biography Prize for best work in life writing. Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation and the American Association of University Women.


"Army Major General Antonio Taguba’s 2004 declassified report on U.S. torture at Abu Ghraib remains one of the most damning exposés of U.S. military human rights violations ever published. In this talk, I attend to the multiple historical resonances with those Filipino bodies of a previous forgotten war who were also subject to torture methods like the water cure (now called “waterboarding”). I argue that Taguba’s ongoing critique of torture and U.S. wars in the Middle East have helped to redefine what speech is politically possible by a patriotic Filipino American from Hawaiʻi, a political subjectivity demarcated by an unique “double exposure” to hegemonic notions of U.S. benevolence and rescue."


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November 14, 2017

Raced to Death: Racial Injustice in 1920s Hawaiʻi


Tuesday, November 14

George Hall 301B, AQ Room

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Presented by Professor Jonathan Okamura:


"This presentation is based on my current book project of the same title, which is concerned with the larger racial significance of the 1928 murder of a Haole boy, Gill Jamieson, by a nisei teenager, Myles Fukunaga, who was very likely insane. I argue that Fukunaga was raced to death according to two different meanings of race: first, because he was of the Japanese "race"; and second, he was raced or rushed to his death sentence less than three weeks after committing his crime because the dominant Haoles wanted immediate revenge for the kiling of their own.


I also compare the Fukunaga case with the much better known murder of Joe Kahahawai, and contend that he was also raced to death after being falsely accused of raping a Haole woman. But before those two cases, Haoles learned that they could subvert the criminal justice system in conspiracy cases involving Japanese and Filipino labor leaders, including Noboru Tsutsumi and Pablo Manlapit, to have them imprisoned for organizing strikes in 1920 and 1924.


I thus argue that the Fukunaga case was a major component in a trajectory of racial injustices against non-Haoles, who had challenged Haole supremacy in the terriroty."


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November 9, 2017

Fort Kamehameha Returns: Soldiering and Memory in US Empire

Department of Anthropologyʻs Colloquium Series


Thursay, November 9

Crawford Hall 115

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Uncle Joe Estores (US Army retired Lieutenant Colonel) returned to Hawai‘i in 2006, a Vietnam Veteran with 20 years of service as a soldier and 35 years as a federal employee. His shock at the massive transformations that had taken place since he first left the islands led to a transition in his “warrior life” as he took up the cause of demilitarization and Hawaiian sovereignty. One component of this work has been to take small groups on tours of his childhood home of Fort Kamehameha, an Army coastal artillery post at the entrance of Pearl Harbor that later became a part of Hickam Air Force Base. While the site is known primarily for its military significance, for him it was also a playground where his Native Hawaiian and Filipino family thrived on the abundant marine resources that have all but vanished now.


The personal and familial mo‘olelo (stories) Uncle Joe tells on his tours articulates with broader histories of Indigenous engagements with US empire, the traces of which are found in e bones that are unearthed in construction projects and forgotten place names that appear on old maps. This talk explores the ethnographic potential of understanding Uncle Joe’s Fort Kamehameha returns as genealogical practice that remembers Hawaiian and military pasts in order to reimagine open-ended futures where Hawaiian lands and people are regenerated in powerful if yet undetermined ways.


About the presenter:

Ty P. Kāwika Tengan is an associate professor of Ethnic Studies and Anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is author of Native Men Remade: Gender and Nation in Contemporary Hawai‘i (2008), coeditor of special issues on Indigenous anthropology and Native Pacific studies that appear in Pacific Studies (2010) and American Quarterly (2015), and coeditor of New Mana: Transformations of a Classic Concept in Pacific Languages and Cultures (2016). He is presently working on a manuscript on Native Hawaiian veterans.


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November 8, 2017

Unsettling Settler Colonialism: Settler Solidarities With Indigenous Nations


Wednesday, November 8

Dean ACCESS Hall

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Jeff Corntassel from the Tsalagi/Cherokee Nation and N. Bruce Duthu from the United Houma Nation present this talk about settler colonialism.


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November 4, 2017

Lā ʻAwa: Kiʻi i ka Pū ʻAwa Hiwa


Saturday, November 6

Ka Papa Loʻi ʻo Kānewai

10:30 am - 4:00 pm


Join us for a free ʻAwa tasting, plant giveaways, ʻApu making, an ʻOhe Kāpala workshop, Wai Kō, live music, and more!


This event is sponsored by Native Hawaiian Student Services, the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Anthropology, Ka Papa Loʻi ʻo Kānewai, SAPFB, and The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.


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November 1 - 3, 2017

Inter/Nationalism: Three Days with Steven Salaita in Honolulu


Steven Salaita is an American scholar, author and public speaker. He teaches and publishes in the areas of Arab American Studies, the language of American imperialism, and representations of the Middle East in American media. He is the author of eight books, most recently Inter/Nationalism: Decolonizing Native America and Palestine (2017). In 2016 he was awarded the Angela Y. Davis Prize by the American Studies Association, in recognition for scholars who have applied or used their scholarship for the "public good".


Wednesday, November 1


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Public lecture, "Freedom to Boycott: BDS and the Modern University"


Friday, November 3

Kamakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies Hālau (2645 Dole St.)

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Round table and reception for "Inter/Nationalism: From Palestine to Hawaiʻi"


Friday, November 3

St. Clementʻs Church (1515 Wilder)

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Public Address: "Why Palestine is Everyone's Moral Issue"


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October 24, 2017

Indigenous Oceanic Futures: Challenging Settler Colonialisms & Militarization


Tuesday, October 24

George Hall 301B, AQ Room

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Written and presented by Noelani Goodyear Ka'ōpua


"This paper aims to contribute to critical/Oceanic/Ethnic/Indigenous Studies that create space for futures beyond settler colonialisms. I first map three major streams in futures-oriented Indigenous studies and then turn to Vicente Diaz’s theorizing from the Native Carolinian navigational practice of etak. Diaz writes that etak attends to both directionality and positionality, and I argue that we need similar practices in our academic and social practice. More specifically, given the fundamental ways that imperialism and white supremacy have relied upon militarization in Oceania, I argue that critical/Oceanic/Ethnic/Indigenous Studies education must consider demilitarization as an important element of our collective directionality.


How do we do this in our classrooms and other educational spaces, giving participants practice in such transformation? In the paper, I draw on some of my own co-teaching experiences in demilitarizing education and trans-Indigenous exchange to offer some points for thinking about this question.


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October 13, 2017

Filipino Food Movement


Friday, October 13

Hamilton Library Room 301

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Food is central to understanding and practicing one’s ethnicity, so how Filipinxs come to re/define their diets in diaspora becomes fraught with questions of economics, politics, and identity. Our speakers, Chera Amlag, Prometheus Brown, and Bambu, will discuss the meanings and production of Filipinx foods on local and global scales.


This event is sponsored by: UHM Ethnic Studies Department, Office of Student Equity, Excellence, and Diversity (SEED), Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA), Tinalak, Pamantasan, Campus Center Board, and Student Activities and Fee Board (SAPFB)


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October 12, 2017

Family Ingredients: Screening and Panel


Thursday, October 12

Campus Center 308

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The cast and crew of PBS’s Award-winning series “Family Ingredients” will be on campus to screen an episode from their upcoming second season. After the showing, we will discuss the importance of food and cultural heritage with with Ty Sanga, Ed Kenney, Sheldon Simeon, Chera Amlag, and Prometheus Brown.


Ty Sanga was born in Kalihi to a first-generation Filipina and a Hawaiian-Filipino-Chinese father. He graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa from the Department of Ethnic Studies, then attended graduate school at Chapman University. He has written and directed the documentary “Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson” and the short film “Stones,” which showed at the Sundance Film Festival. He recently taught a film making class through UH Mānoa's Department of Ethnic Studies, in which students were asked to document and a social issue with the intention of making social change. While he works on his next film “After Mele,” he currently directs the Emmy Award winning “Family Ingredients,” a PBS series that links food and family history to transnational identity.


Ed Kenney, successful restaurateur and PBS documentary host, is committed to the idea that "food is the unifying fabric of humanity, connecting us to the earth and each other." He graduated from the University of Colorado. Kenney opened his first restaurant in 2005, Town in Kaimuki, and has since opened three other restaurants, all of which support local farms and organic produce where possible. Son of broadway performer Edward Kamanaloha Kenney Jr. and hula dancer Beverly Noa, Kenney brings the culinary into the world of arts.


Sheldon Simeon was born in Hilo, HI and he got his love for cooking from his parents. After he graduated from Hilo High, he studied at the Culinary Institute of the Pacific and then had an internship at Walt Disney World. When he returned to Hawai‘i, he attended Maui Culinary Academy. Simeon competed on season 10 of Top Chef (Bravo TV) in Seattle where he was a finalist and won the “Fan Favorite” title. He served as the executive chef at Maui's Mala Wailea and MiGRANT, and was named in Hawaii Magazine's Top 5 Best Hawaiian Chefs of 2014 and voted FOOD & WINE Magazine's 2014 People's Best New Chef for the Pacific & Northwest. Simeon opened Tin Roof in 2016, a mom and pop eatery in Kahului, Maui.


This event is sponsored by: UHM Ethnic Studies Department, Office of Student Equity, Excellence, and Diversity (SEED), Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA), Tinalak, Pamantasan, Campus Center Board, and Student Activities and Fee Board (SAPFB)

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October 12, 2017

Hip Hop, Politics, Filipino Identity


Thursday, October 12

Hamilton Library Room 301

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Hip Hop has long been concerned with equality and justice. When Filipinos rap they rap with purpose and style. This talk will feature Prometheus Brown, also known as Geologic of the Blue Scholars, and Bambu, solo artist and formerly of Native Guns, who also make up the rap duo, The Bar.


This event is sponsored by: UHM Ethnic Studies Department, Office of Student Equity, Excellence, and Diversity (SEED), Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA), Tinalak, Pamantasan, Campus Center Board, and Student Activities and Fee Board (SAPFB)


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October 6, 2017

BSA & ESSA Around the Kānoa: Race, Sports, Politics


Friday, October 6

Dean Hall 5, ACCESS Lounge

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Come join Black Student Association and Ethnic Studies Student Association for an ʻawakea as we discuss contemporary topics. This week, we'll talk about Race, Sports and Politics.


Should sports be a politically free space? Should players stick to sports? How important is symbolic protest? How do we complicate this?


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September 13 - 15, 2017

Art and the Power of Community


Wednesday, September 13 to Friday, September 15

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa


Visiting Activist Oraganizers, Eden Jequinto of the Oaklandʻs Eastside Arts Alliance: Guerrilla Theatre and Youth Leadership Programs, and Mariella Saba of Los Angeles Community Action Network will run an interactive workshop that invities you to make art and theatre for our communities and for social justice. They will wake up the muralista, actor, spoken word artist and activist that lives deep inside us.


This event is sponsored by: UHM Ethnic Studies Department, UHM Native Hawaiian Student Services, and the UHM LGBTQ Center and IRAC.


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September 8, 2017

The Department of Ethnic Studies Open House


Friday, September 8

12:30pm - 2:00pm

George Hall 301B (AQ Room)


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


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August 31, 2017

Ethnic Studies Student Association Introductory Meeting


Thursday, August 31

3:30 pm

George Hall 301B (AQ Room)


ESSAʻs mission, similar to that of the Ethnic Studies Department, is to encourage university students to implement what they learn in their classrooms into active engagement with the larger community. We strive to provide social spaces that open up dialogue and engagement with concepts related to various forms of identity, identity construction, and identity interaction that are explored in our ES courses.


Come to ESSA's first meeting, and bring a friend!


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