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.

January 17, 2017

Rememberance March to ʻIolani Palace


10:00 am

Starting at Manunaʻala (Royal Mausoleum)


There will be transportation from the State Capitol to Maunaʻala around 9 am.


There will be a visit to the mausoleum (no food or flags allowed inside) and then the walk begins to ʻIolani Palace. There will also be hoʻokupu (offerings) at the Queenʻs statue, an ʻawa ceremony, and a small gathering at ʻIolani Palace.




January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade


8:00 am - 11:30 am

Ala Moana Beach Park - Magic Island


Come by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on January 16 to walk, sign wave and more. Friends from the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Ethnic Studies Student Association, and the Black Students Association among many others will be there.







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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

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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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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