Congratulations to Assistant Professor Roderick Labrador for recieving the 2014 Chancellorʻs Citation for Meritorious Teaching Award!
Faculty and friends enjoying ES ʻAWAkea
ES major and ESSA member Paul Martin representing the department at the 2014 Manoa Experience
ES Colloquium with Dr. Judith Schachter (center) and (from L to R) Nicole Kīhei Bezilla Seto, Grace Mamo Bezilla, Dr. Albrecht Funk, Jean Eleanor Kuʻulei Bezilla, and Chair 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.

April 22, 2014

Ethnic Studies Colloquium Series:
Hip Hop Culture: Africanist, Indigenous and Earth Aesthetics


3:00pm - 4:15pm

George Hall 301


Dr. Kato is a lecturer in Ethnic Studies and Political Science at the Mānoa campus. One of the courses he currently teaches is ES 397: Multiethnic Popular Culture: Hip Hop, which focuses on Hip Hop culture in Hawaiʻi and other Polynesian nations. His publications include From Kung Fu to Hip Hop: Globalization, Revolution, and Popular Culture (SUNY, 2007). Dr. Kato has been associated with Honoluluʻs underground Hip Hop artitsts since the 1990s when he was a KTUH DJ, and has joined the Moilla Pillaz/Dugout Studio crew in 2005 where he has learned how to make beats. He is currently finishing up an article for publication entitled “Hawaiian Style Graffiti: the Questions of Sovereignty, Law, Property and Ecology.”




April 16, 2014 - April 20,2014

PACITA: Pacific Islanders in the Arts


10:00am - 9:00pm

UH Mānoa


Art exhibitions, movies, and student poets, actors, and musicians are just some of the people you will see at this event. To view a complete list of activities click the link below.




March 31, 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 372 - Asian American Literature

ES 456 - Racism and Ethnicity in Hawai‘i


To view more couses being offered click the link below.



March 28, 2014

"Don’t Deport Our Daddies"


Our own Professor Monisha Das Gupta wrote an article thats being featured on the Gender & Society blog. Check it out!








March 21, 2014

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Roderick Labrador!


Congratulations to Dr. Roderick Labrador on being chosen as a 2014 recipient of a Chancellorʻs Citation for Meritorious Teaching Award! This award recognizes faculty members who have made significant contributions in teaching and student learning. This is the second year in a row that a professor from this department has won this award.






February 28, 2014

Manoa Political Internships


A new internship has become available to UH Mānoa students. Check out the Scholarships & Internships page to find out more.




February 28, 2014

New research partnership strives “To Uplift the Mana and Aspirations of Indigenous Peoples”

Academic units at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have entered into an international indigenous research partnership with the University of Auckland and Massey University in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Their goal is to connect scholars who are interested in multidisciplinary and collaborative community-based research in the Pacific.


To view the entire story, click the link below.


February 5, 2014

The Roland Kotani Endownment Fund Student Scholarship and Washington, D.C. Internships at the Smithsonian


The scholarships and internships page of this website has been updated for the 2014 - 2015 academic school year so head over and check them out!




January 29, 2014

Call For Papers
Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Colloquium


The Department of Ethnic Studies is hosting an undergraduate colloquium asking students from across the University system to share research on the intersections in between ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, and class.


To participate in the program, you must submit a hardcopy of a completed paper from a previous social sciences or humanities course to George Hall 301 or by email to by February 28, 2014.

**Presenters will recieve a gift card.




January 10, 2014

New Spring 2014 ES Courses


Listed below are the new Ethnic Studies courses being offered this semester. Sign up to be the first to experience these courses!


ES 375 - Issues of Diversity in Higher Education (CRN 88242)

ES 397 - Multiethnic Popular Culture: Hip Hop (CRN 88930)

ES 492 - Politics of Multiculturalism (CRN 88930)




January 9, 2014

Spring 2014 Extension Courses


Check out these courses being offered through extension during the Spring 2014 semester!


ES 333 - Filipinos in Hawai'i

ES 338 - American Indian Experience

ES 381 - Social Movements in Hawai'i

ES 410 - Race, Class and the Law






March 19, 2013

Congratulations to Associate Professor Monisha Das Gupta!


Congratulations to Dr. Monisha Das Gupta on being chosen as a 2013 recipient of a Chancellorʻs Citation for Meritorious Teaching Award! This award recognizes faculty members who have made significant contributions in teaching and student learning.






Inside the Ethnic Studies Studio

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.



February 24, 2014


This presentation will feature Krystilez, a contributor in the recently released book, Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipina/o America. His chapter in the book entitled, “Homesteady,” examines his life as a local hip hop recording artist, a radio DJ, and his upbringing on a Hawaiian homestead.



February 19, 2014



This presentation will feature Add+Plus, comprised of Seph1 (rhythm+rhyme) and PaizLee (keys+synths) who began working together in 2005 as lead vocalists for the group Tempo Valley and also for Groove Improv Artists beginning in 2007.



Island Connections

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 Platestinian 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 pased a democartic vote.


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.


February 14, 2014

The Middle East: Between Conflict and Negotiations

Guests: Farideh Farhi, Ph.D., Affiliate Professor of Political Science - UHM


The program deals with U.S. policy in the Middle East with a focus on Iran, Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

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