Spring 2014 Colloquium Series

The Department of Ethnic Studies would like to invite you to our Spring 2014 Colloquium Series. This speaker series will showcase the current research by students, faculty, organizers and advocates that touches upon race and racism in a range of topics, including photography, film and music, public health, immigration and criminalization. We are proud to bring together this group of speakers whose work will discuss issues relevant to current events, including settler colonialism, indigenous health, graffiti, and violence against women and more.


January 21, 2014

Polynesia is a Project, Not a Place: Regenerating Indigenous Futures


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

3:00pm - 4:15pm

UH Mānoa, George Hall 301B


Guest speaker: Dr. Maile Arvin


This talk examines how settler colonialism is much more complicated than a demand for Indigenous peoples to “go away,” and how we are all in the story of settler colonialism, even if we do not want to be there. Grounded in the contexts of settler colonialism in the Pacific, and Hawai‘i in particular, the talk examines an eclectic visual archive of depictions of settlers, natives, and immigrants or “arrivants.” From early twentieth century scientific “racial type” photographs to depictions of Pacific settler colonialism as U.S. southern slave plantations in the recent science fiction movie Cloud Atlas, the talk questions the different ways that indigenous Pacific Islanders and Asian immigrants are placed in varying, and notably gendered, proximities to whiteness and blackness. Against such examples of settler imaginaries, the talk also examines visual culture engaged in decolonizing and regenerating the Pacific beyond its image as a Western paradise.


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January 22, 2014

To Uplift Mana: International Indigenous Research Partnerships in the Pacific


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

4:30pm - 5:45pm

UH Mānoa, Crawford Hall 115


Guest speakers: Dr. Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, Dr. Vili Nosa, Ms. Everdina Fuli


In an effort to uplift the mana and aspirations of indigenous peoples and their communities, academic units at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Massey University, and the University of Auckland (UoA) have entered into a tripartite indigenous partnership. Members of the Te Whare Kura Thematic Research Initiative of the UoA visiting Hawai’i will discuss the overall initiative as well as specific examples of research that have come from it. The delegation looks forward to celebrating the launch of the new partnership and connecting with scholars interested in collaborating on multidisciplinary, community-based research in the Pacific.


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February 11, 2014

Legacies of a Hawaiian Generation: From Territorial Subject to American Citizen


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

3:00pm - 4:15pm

UH Mānoa, Geroge Hall 301B


Guest speaker: Dr. Judith Schachter


Join us for the next talk in the Ethnic Studies Colloquium Series with Dr. Judith Schacter from Carnegie Mellon University who will be here to discuss her book about families who offer their version of being "Native Hawaiian" in an American state.


Judith Schacter is Professor of Anthropology and History, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been doing fieldwork in Hawai'i for over two decades, and the material has been published in chapters and essays as well as in her recent book, The Legacies of a Hawaiian Generation: From Territorial Subject to American Citizen (Berghahn 2013). Recent publications include: “Sovereignty, Indigeneity, Identities: Perspectives from Hawai'i” in Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture (May 2012); “One Hundred Percent Hawaiian: Life Stories, Politics, and Anthropology” in Anthropology and Humanism, June 2010; “’A Relationship Endeared to the People’: Adoption in Hawaiian Custom and Law” in Pacific Studies, Special Issue, Sept./Dec. 2008. Her next project will be an inquiry into the Americanization of Hawai'i in the 1950s.


Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Department of History


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February 18, 2014

Locating the Asian in Pacific Islander: Japanese Settler Colonial Masculinity and Sexuality in Hawai'i


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

3:00pm - 4:15pm

UH Mānoa, Geroge Hall 301B


Guest speaker: Jeffrey Yamashita


The next speaker in the Ethnic Studies Colloquium Series is Jeffrey T. Yamashita who will be analyzing and deconstructing Japanese American military masculinity and domestic sexuality through cultural politics.


Jeffrey T. Yamashita is a PhD candidate in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Yamashita is a visiting lecturer at UH this Spring 2014 teaching ES 330 "Japanese in Hawai'i." He is interested in deconstructing and unpacking the war hero through a comparative racialization approach.


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March 4, 2014

Oceanic Connections Forum: Redefining Indigenous Pacific Relations


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

1:30pm - 5:00pm


This symposium will bring together community members, educators, and students to develop strategies for empowerment through engagement and sharing. Rather than focus on the divisions that separate our Pacific communities, we focus instead on deeper genealogical connections that unite us as Oceanic peoples.


This event is co-sponsored by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Office of Student Equity Excellence and Diversity (SEED), The Diversity and Equity Initiative, The College of Social Sciences, The Center for Pacific Island Studies, The Department of Ethnic Studies and the East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP).


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March 11, 2014

Upheaval in the Middle East: Imperialism, Terror and Revolution


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

3:00pm - 4:15pm

UH Mānoa, Geroge Hall 301B


Guest speaker: Dr. Ibrahim Aoude & Nicole Grove, PhD Candidate


Ibrahim G. Aoude Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawaii - Manoa. He publishes in two research areas: Hawai'i's political economy and Middle East politics. Professor Aoudé is Editor of Arab Studies Quarterly, an international journal about Arab Affairs. He teaches courses on Middle East politics, ethnic identity, social movements, and political economy of Hawai'i and the Pacific.


Nicole Grove is a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University. Her work engages the mutations of gender, faith, and politics in the emerging digital worlds of the Arab Gulf and North Africa. Grove’s research focuses on the interface as a site of subject making and techno-political negotiation. Her dissertation is titled “Gamers, Hunters, Provocateurs: Digital Mediations of Violence, Gender, and Faith in the Arab World."


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April 4, 2014

“Of the Law, but Not Its Spirit:” Immigration Marriage Fraud as Legal Fiction


Friday, April 4, 2014

12:30pm - 1:45pm

UH Mānoa, Saunders Hall 224


Guest speaker: Dr. Lee Ann Wang


This presentation will discuss the writing of love into law. In particular, laws which seek to determine whether immigrant women are racial subjects of “immigration marriage fraud” - a legal quest that enables the law’s claim of universality based in whiteness and logics of heteropatriarchy. Promoted during the era of neoliberal reform in the late 1980s, the Immigration Marriage Fraud Amendments was originally designed to protect white women from being “duped” by immigrant men. In our contemporary moment however, “immigration marriage fraud” is one of the primary charges placed against immigrant women who seek legal protection as survivors of domestic violence. The law marks those who seek protection as “fraud” if they desire citizenship rather than the “bonafide” love of their spouse. Thus, noncitizen immigrant women can prove innocence and disprove “fraud” only if they successfully perform that they desire love that matches that of their citizen-spouse and nothing more. Drawing upon ethnographic fieldwork with legal advocates serving Asian immigrant women and their communities across Northern California, Dr. Wang argues that immigration marriage fraud is a legal fiction, under-theorized as a form of material violence within dominant frameworks that mark exclusion and illegality as the limit of violence in immigration studies.


Lee Ann Wang is a visiting professor in the Department of Women's Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is currently teaching courses on gender, race, sexuality and the law. Her research interests include law and ethnography, immigration and criminal enforcement, women of color feminisms, and Asian immigrant communities and political identity. Her current work is a critique of liberal humanitarian immigration laws designed to rescue Asian immigrant women from violence by unfurling criminal enforcement and counter-terrorism programs. The project is a legal ethnography of legal practices serving Asian immigrant women and their communities across the San Francisco Bay Area.


Co-sponsored by the Department of Womenʻs Studies.


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April 4, 2014

Social Media's Role in Propelling KPOP!


Friday, April 4, 2014

2:00pm - 4:00pm

UH Mānoa, George Hall 301


Guest speaker: Dr. Mary Yu Danico


For those in Hawai‘i, the Hallyu, commonly known as the Korean Wave hit the shores in the early 90s as Korean dramas entered the consciousness of middle-aged women and many others in the closet. However, for the rest of the United States the Hallyu did not truly splash onto mainstream media until Psy hit the YouTube scene with “Gangnam Style.” It was not about Psy, but the infiltration and easy access to Kpop and Kdrama via the social media outlets that allowed the Hallyu to enter not just the continent but throughout the globe.


In this talk, Dr. Danico discusses the process by which KPOP has become a central discussion point and why it remains salient today. Literature on the role of Hallyu on diasporic lives are limited to the Asian diaspora, thus her research utilizes social media outlets as well as online communities to examine how the Hallyu has impacted global lives and identities. Based on content analysis of mainstream and Korea-focused media sites, like Youtube and Dramabeans (from 2000-2012) and survey data from KPOPlive (alias name), a television company in Korea and the United States, Dr. Danico will explore why non-Koreans may be drawn to KPOP or Kdrama in the United States.


This research is framed by the larger discussions of Korea’s geopolitical presence and increasing economic standings and how the Hallyu has played a vital role in altering the perception of Korea and its people while also altering the current discourse of race in Seoul.


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April 22, 2014

Hip Hop Culture: Africanist, Indigenous and Earth Aesthetics


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

3:00pm - 4:15pm

UH Mānoa, Geroge Hall 301B


Guest speaker: Dr. Masahide T. Kato


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.”


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