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.

February 28, 2017

Africa is in the Pacific: Black Colonization to Hawaiʻi and the Philippines, 1835-1964


February 28, 2017

Crawford Hall 115

3:00 - 4:30 pm


Guy Emerson Mount, Department of History at the University of Chicago


Guy Emerson Mount currently works at the University of Chicago where he is the Coordinator of the U.S. History Workshop and a PhD candidate. As a candidate for our African American Studies specialist position, his talk will tie together a diverse set of questions surrounding black internationalism, interracial solidarity, food pathways, education, children’s history, Oceanic Ethnic Studies, and the rise of American empire in the Pacific.




February 21, 2017

Blackness at the Margins of Empire: African American Soldiers in Okinawa: The Colonized-Colonizer Paradox and African American Soldier-Okinawan Relations


February 21, 2017

Crawford Hall 115

3:00 - 4:30 pm


Please join us on Tuesday, February 21 for a job talk by Ethan Caldwell, a candidate for our African American Studies specialist position. In his talk titled "Blackness at the Margins of Empire: African American Soldiers in Okinawa: The Colonized-Colonizer Paradox and African American Soldier-Okinawan Relations", Ethan Caldwell analyzes how dynamic constructions of race, gender, and empire are historically and visually formed, challenged, and impacted through interactions between African American soldiers and Okinawan civilians.




February 4, 2017

Honolulu African American Film Festival


February 4 to February 17, 2017

Honolulu Museum of Art


As a community sponsor, Ethnic Studies welcomes you to check out Honolulu Museum of Art's African American Film Festival. Honolulu Museum of Art relays, "African-American History month brings the sixth annual Honolulu African American Film Festival. This year, the museum aligns the festival with concerts, a hip-hop education workshop, live theater, and a textile exhibition, with a focus on female voices of African descent."





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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."



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

February 10, 2017

Trump: Politics for a New Century

Guests: Cynthia Franklin, Professor of English—UH Manoa; Noel Kent, Professor of Ethinc Studies—UH Manoa


The discussion centered on Trump ‘s extremist worldview and the neo-fascist movement he has unleashed at home. Loss of individual liberties domestically and dangerous foreign policy moves appear to define the Trump presidency.

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December 9, 2016

The UH Campus: A Safe Space for All?

Guests: Manfred Steger, Professor of Sociology—UH Manoa; Jacques Brunvil, Political Science Major, Black Students Association President - UH Manoa; Kawehi Kina, Ethnic Studies Major, Ethnic Studies Student Association - UH Manoa


The panel discussed the importance of the UH campus being a safe space for all individuals on campus. The recent presidential elections underscored racial, political and social divisions in the country, which makes it all the more reason to be civil with one another and protect free speech and combat hate speech in whatever form. The panel also discussed future political activism of the youth in light of the November 8 elections.

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