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.

November 29, 2016

Competing Masculinities: Negotiating Race through Comparative Racializations


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

George Hall 301b


Dr. Stanley Thangaraj of City College of New York explores the means by which South Asian American men negotiate masculinity in relation to other men in their community, mainstream racializations, and other racialized masculinities.






November 28, 2016

Asian American Sporting Culutres


5:30 pm

Campus Center Dining Hall 203E


Explore how Asian American identities and communities are negotiated on sporting fields with Dr. Christina Chin of Cal State Fullerton and Dr. Stanley Thangaraj of City College of New York.







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November 3, 2016

Now Accepting applications for our African American Studies Specialist Position


The Department of Ethnic Studies thanks all those in our ʻohana for their staunch support of the struggle to fill the African American Studies Specialist position seen here. The mobilization was part of an awakening spirit on our campus to involve students, faculty and community members in conversations about what our students need.


We now have the permission to advertise the position. For the job description and details about how to apply, click here. Student, community and faculty advocacy was a big part of convincing the UHM administrators how important this position is to Ethnic Studies, our students and community.


Candidates will be invited to visit our campus to give their job talks in the spring of 2017. Please visit our news and events page in Spring 2017 for details.




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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

November 11, 2016

Iran, the U.S. and the Middle East

Guests: Farideh Farhi, Independent Scholar; Affiliate Graduate Faculty in Political Science—UH Manoa


The discussion centered around the history of nuclear negotiations between Iran, on the one hand, and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, on the other. Diplomatic and political developments since the signing of the nuclear agreement focused on U.S. and Iranian regional politics and the challenges ahead.

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October 14, 2016

Islam Day

Guests: Tamara Albertini, Professor of Philosophy--UH Manoa; Monisha Das Gupta, Chair of Ethnic Studies and Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women Studies--UH Manoa


The panel discussed the significance of Islam Day in Hawai‘i and why it is important to gain an understanding of Islam and Muslims in a diverse society such as Hawai‘i and the United States. The panel discussed stereotypes and discrimination resulting from a lack of understanding about Islam and Muslims and the damage those do to society.

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Septmeber 9, 2016

For Palestine in the U.S.

Guests: Cynthia Franklin, Professor of English—UH Manoa; Ali Musleh, Graduate Student in Political Science—UH Manoa


The discussion focused on the problems students and faculty face in the U.S. in promoting justice for Palestine and the Palestinians. Pro-Zionist groups are in a dominant position from which they try to silence Palestinian narratives that show the ugly face of Israeli colonization and occupation of Palestine.

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May 13, 2016

Globalization and Empire II

Guests: Manfred Steger, Professor of Sociology — UH Manoa


The program is a continuation of the November 2015 discussion, titled, “Globalization and Empire.” Part II deals more with the question of “Empire” and its relationship to globalization and globalism.

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April 8, 2016

Israeli Occupation and Resistance

Guests: Reem Bassous, Lecturer, Art Department; Cynthia Franklin, Professor of English - UH Manoa


The discussion revolved around Israeli occupation practices of Palestinian and Lebanese territories and the ensuing indigenous resistance against the Israeli occupier.

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March 11, 2016

Ethnic Studies, African Americans, and UHM

Guests: Amy Agbayani, Member, U.S. Advisory Committee on Civil Rights; Member, Mānoa Commission on Diversity; Faye Kennedy, Chair, Hawai‘i Friends of Civil Rights; Ty Tengan, Chair, Department of Ethnic Studies, UH Manoa


The guests discussed the centrality of the African American struggle for civil rights to race and ethnic relations in Hawai‘i and the continental U.S. The guests discussed the importance of teaching UHM students about the African American experience in Hawai‘i and the continental U.S. and its relationship to indigenous rights and in Hawai‘i and across the Pacific Basin and beyond. The program demonstrated the leading role of UHM students in organizing to demand bringing back the African American position to the Department of Ethnic Studies.

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February 12, 2016

Housing or Shelter?

Guests: Ulla Hasager, Director of Civic Engagement for the College of Social Sciences - UHM; Kalaniopua Young, Ph. D. Student, Department of Anthropology - University of Washington


The program focused on the condition of the homeless by discussing the February 5, 2016 Forum where individuals from the homeless community spoke. The program guests highlighted main causes of homelessness and what needs to be done to surmount immediate barriers to “solve” the problem temporarily.

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