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.​"


To view Pacific Currents, click here.



March 19, 2016

UH student advocate for black-studies expert


The Ethnic Studies department at UH Mānoa has been asking Dean Konan of the College of Social Sciences for funding to fill the African American specialist position. Although the hiring freeze is no longer in effect and there has been hiring in other departments, she has refused to prioritize Ethnic Studies and fund this position.


The Honolulu Star Advertiser featured an article discussing this issue.


Thank you to Susan Essoyan whose letter to the editor made it possible.


To view the article, click here.



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)