The Fall 2014 ES Colloqium Series continues with Dr. Jonathan Okamura discussing his new book
Thank you to everyone who came to the ES Open House, It was great to see a bunch of new faces!
ES Chair Ty Tengan interacting with Kaylene Evans and Josann Jenks at the Fall 2014 ES Open House
Graduate Assistant Megumi Chibana (left) representing Ethnic Studies at the 2014 College of Social Sciences College Fair
Congratuations to our Spring 2014 graduates! (From L to R) Dexter Artienda, Adriana Quijano, Jessica Taira, Carlolina Torres, and Genesis Shin
Congratulations to Dr. Roderick Labrador for recieving the 2014 Chancellorʻs Citation for Meritorious Teaching Award! (From L to R) VCAA Reed Dasenbrock, Dr. Dolores Foley, Dr. Priyam Das, Chancellor Tom Apple, Dr. Rod Labrador, Dean Denise Konan, and Dr. Ty Tengan
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.

October 23, 2014

Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers


5:30pm - 8:00pm

Shidler BusAd D106


In honor of Filipino American history month, two UHM screenings of Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers (2014), will be presented.






October 28, 2014

Ethnic Studies Colloquium Series:
Research With, For and About Asian American Students and Racism: Connecting Asian American Studies and Psychology


3:00pm - 4:15pm

George Hall 301


Dr. Karen Suyemoto integrates the presentation of reseatch findings, with discussion of teaching approaches that aim to train students to conduct research while empowering them through the process and content of this training. Dr. Suyemoto will overview a 10 year program of research focused on the needs and experiences of Asian American students and the impacts of Asian American studies at a public university in the Northeast, with particular foucus on the relation of racialization and racism to mental health.




October 27 - 30, 2014

Our Theory of Change


Monday, October 27:

10:30am - 3:00pm

Campus Center Courtyard


Come by Campus Center on the following days to see our own Ethnic Studies professors who will be giving lectures on various topics!


Tuesday, October 28:

10:15am - 4:15pm

Campus Center Courtyard

Dr. Jonathan Okamura leads the talk on Ethnic Inequality from 1:30pm - 2:45pm.


Wednesday, October 29:

10:30am - 2:20pm

Campus Center Courtyard

Dr. Davianna Pōmaikaʻi McGregor leads the talk on Alter-Native Energy: Challenging Lines of Power from 1:30pm - 2:45pm.


Thursday, October 30:

10:00am - 2:20pm

Campus Center Courtyard

Dr. Roderick Labrador leads the talk on Where The Hustle and Stuggle Coincide from 12:00pm - 1:15pm.





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September 18, 2014

Professors contribute to new book, "A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land, and Sovereignty"


Ethnic Studies Professors Ibrahim Aoude, Ulla Hasager, Daviana Pōmaikaʻi McGregor, and Ty P. Kāwika Tengan contributed articles to this great new book. Grab a copy to read their articles!


To learn more about the book, click here.


August 26, 2014

Fall 2014 ES Course Availability


Still looking for classes to satisfy the HAP and ETH focus requirements? Look no further as the classes listed below can fill both of those requirements! Sign up now while you still can!


ES 101: Introduction to Ethnic Studies (PDF)

ES 221: Hawaiians (PDF)

ES 330: Japanese in Hawai'i (PDF)


July 31, 2014

Department of Ethnic Studies Newsletter


Check out our newly released newsletter! Discover what weʻve been up to during the 2013 - 2014 academic school year!



June 3, 2014

Spotlight: Fall 2014 Extension ES Courses


Listed below are some of the Ethnic Studies courses being offered during the Fall.


ES 338 - American Indian Experience

ES 381 - Social Movements in Hawai’i




June 2, 2014

Spotlight: Summer 2014 ES Courses


Listed below are some of the Ethnic Studies courses being offered during the Summer.


ES 221 - Hawaiians

ES 318 - Asian America

ES 381 - Social Movements in Hawaiʻi

ES 486 - Peoples of Hawai'i


To view more couses being offered click the link below.




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Inside the Ethnic Studies Studio

September 30, 2014

Sekou Heru and Marjory Smarth

This presentation will feature two dancers from Dance Fusion, a premier group of New York dancers who have been key in the evolution and innovation of Hip Hop and House Dance Culture. Marjory Smarth was born in Haiti and raised in New York City.



April 28, 2014

Carolyn Malachi, Matt Reeves, & JFletch

This presentation will feature Grammy-nominated artist Carolyn Malachi, rapper Matt Reeves, and filmmaker and entrepreneur Jermaine Fletcher. Carolyn Malachi blends Jazz, Hip Hop, Spoken Word and lots of imagination into a style Giant Step calls “delicate, refreshing [and] smooth”. The independent, Grammy-nominated artist counts Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Radiohead, and Sarah Vaughan among her greatest influences.



April 23, 2014


This presentation will feature Hawai‘i-based rapper I.A. Born Jordan Salud on the island of O‘ahu, I.A. is the son of world champion boxer Jesus “The Hawaiian Punch” Salud. He was exposed to music at a young age; in 8th grade he began writing his own lyrics to instrumentals of popular songs and soon after, he started a group with high school classmates named “The Otherz.”



March 19, 2014

Jeff Bernat and JBird

This presentation will feature singer/songwriter Jeff Bernat and producer JBird. The 24-year old singer/songwriter from Reno, Nevada, was born in Subic Bay, Philippines then moved to Japan where his dad was stationed and retired from the U.S. Navy. Jeff moved to Reno in 1995, and has been there ever since. After high school, he started dedicating himself to singing, and began songwriting and music production.



February 26, 2014

Aaron “Angry Woebots” Martin

This presentation will feature Aaron “Angry Woebots” Martin aka “Woes Martin.” Aaron Martin was born on O‘ahu but spent most of his childhood in southern California, some of his youth in Nevada before finally landing back in Hawai‘i during his junior year in high school. Saturday morning cartoons, Kung Fu, and comic books served as early inspirations to be creative in some way. It was during high school in Honolulu when he got into graffiti through Hip Hop culture.



Island Connections

September 12, 2014

Learning Through Community Engagement

Guests: Ulla Hasager, Director, Civic Engagement at the College of Social Sciences, UHM; Kat Lobendahn, Civic Engagement Office, College of Social Sciences - UHM and Community Activist; Bonnie Kahape'a-Tanner, Educator - Kānehūnāmoku and Sea Captain.


The guests discussed the value of civic engagement for both the students and community. Focus was on more recent community programs, especially voyaging canoes. The richness of indigenous culture can be used to prepare students academically in disciplines such as mathematics and engineering and professions in the natural sciences such as oceanography.

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May 9, 2014

COFA and Micronesians in Hawai'i

Guests: Ulla Hasager, Director, Civic Engagement at the College of Social Sciences, UHM; Deja Ostrowski, Member, Compact Of Free Association Community Advocacy Network (COFACAN); Joakim Peter, PHD Candidate in Education, UHM and Director (on Leave) of Chuuck Campus, College of Micronesia.


The discussion focused on the Compact Of Free Association (COFA) and the Treaty obligations the U.S. Federal government has towards Micronesia and the Micronesians, including those who migrate to the U.S. The plight of Micronesians in the U.S. speaks of the federal government not living up to its obligations. The guests discussed also the Basic Health Hawaii provisions and practices since the inception of the health program.

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April 11, 2014

Academic Boycott of Israel

Guests: Cynthia Franklin, Professor of English - UHM; Kehaulani Kauanui, Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, Wesleyan University; George Hudes, Community Activist.


The guests discuss the Palestinian Civil societyʻs call for the academic boycott of Israel in the context of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) worldwide movement. The discussed the American Studies Associationʻs (ASA) process of arriving at the resolution that passed a democratic vote.

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March 14, 2014

Latinos in Hawai'i

Guests: Monisha Das Gupta, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women Studies - UHM, Director of Center of South Asian Studies - UHM; Sue Haglund, Doctoral Candidate - UHM; Jennifer Jung, Staff Attorney, Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center at Legal Aid Hawai'i.


The program deals with the state of Latinos in Hawai'i by focusing on a study of Mexicans in the state sponosed by the Mexican Governmentand conducted by a team headed by Dr. Monisha Das Gupta. The discussion also included immigration policies, racial profiling, and racism towards Latinos in the state.

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