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.

April 11, 2017

Department of Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Student Colloquium II


April 11, 2017

3:00 - 4:30 pm

George Hall 301B (AQ Room)


In the second installment of the Undergraduate Colloqium, our students will be presenting the research they have done as part of their Ethnic Studies courses.




April 9, 2017

Okinawa: The Afterburn


April 9, 2017

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Shidler College of Business Room A-101


Okinawa: The Afterburn is the first documentary film that provides a comprehensive view of the Battle of Okinawa, its aftermath and the ongoing struggles of the local people. The showing will be followed by a discussion led by Producer John Junkerman.




April 6, 2017

Imagining Sustainable Futures: Environmental Justice, Sensing Policy and Collaboration with Coastal Indigenous Communities


April 6, 2017

3:00 - 4:20 pm

Crawford Hall 105


In the first installment of the College of Social Science's Sustainability Job Talk Series, Sarah Marie Wiebe discusses social and political transformations and approaches regarding environmental justice.





May 4, 2017

Falling Walls Lab


May 4, 2017

Institute for Astronomy

2680 Woodlawn Drive


The UHM Institute for Astronomy will host Hawaii's first Falling Walls Lab. Each participant will be given three minutes to present an original work of research, initiative or business model.





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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."




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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

March 10, 2017

Separation Walls

Guests: LaJoya R. Shelly, President of the Black Students Association — UH Manoa; Teresa Hodges, Lecturer of Ethnic Studies — UH Manoa


Discussed race and ethnic relations that the Trump presidency has unleashed in the public sphere. The main focus was on color-based discrimination, stereotyping, and immigration. The guests also discussed what could be done to combat the politics of hate.

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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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