Fall 2013 Events

November 8, 2013

ESSA Career Workshop


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

4:30pm - 6:00pm

UH Mānoa, George Hall 301B


Ever wonder what you can do with a degree in Ethnic Studies? Come by this workshop hosted by ESSA to find out!


For more information, click here.



November 8, 2013

ES 'Awakea and Inside the Ethnic Studies Studio


Friday, November 8, 2013

1:00pm - 3:00pm

UH Mānoa, George Hall 301B


This presentation will feature Seattle reggae rockers Kore Ionz, who have shared the stage with such legends as The Wailers, Steel Pulse, Toots & The Maytals, and Third World, as well as contemporary artists like Katchafire, J Boog, and The Green. Teaming up with producer Mell Dettmer (Femi Kuti, Bassekou Kouyate, Clinton Fearon), the band spent most of 2010 in the studio, releasing their second full-length album World War Free on August 2011. The lead single, “Love You Better,” was leaked in May 2011 on the Love You Better EP, and by mid-July was the #1 requested song on Native FM in Hilo and Kona. The song peaked at #4 on Island 98.5 in Honolulu and was first performed live during an in-studio on Seattle’s KEXP 90.3 FM in January 2011 which hit the #19 spot on the station’s Top Live Performances chart, falling right below Death Cab For Cutie. In March 2012 “Love You Better” hit #7 on 93.1 Da Pa‘ina in Honolulu. The second single off the album, “First Avenue,” features a guest appearance by Prometheus Brown of renowned Seattle hip hop duo Blue Scholars.


Co-sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA).


For more information, call Professor Roderick Labrador at 808-956-6915.



November 5, 2013

Disentangling Diabetes: An anthropological exploration of understandings of type 2 diabetes among Native Hawaiians on Oʻahu


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

1:45pm - 2:45pm

UH Mānoa, Biomedical Sciences Building T208


Based on a field research project conducted in 2012 investigating the experiences and perceptions of illness and the body among Native Hawaiians with type 2 diabetes living in mainly low-income communities on Oʻahu, the speaker will show how diabetes and the concept of “big bodies” become the impetus for an interwoven discussion of the symbolism of the body, colonization, politics, culture, land, identity, and indigeneity.


Indigenous peoples worldwide hold the highest prevalence of type 2 diabetes, and Pacific Islanders like Native Hawaiians are struggling with what the World Health Organization has defined as a growing epidemic of diabetes. Diabetes among Native Hawaiians has predominantly been investigated as a genetic and biological problem without much attention to the social, political, cultural, and historical aspects of the ethnic inequality in health. The speaker’s research project is a rare anthropological exploration that goes beyond the clinical contexts. It integrates an understanding of people with diabetes as active participants in negotiations transcending issues of individual health -- moving into the realms of politics and the unique history of colonization in the Hawaiian Islands.


Diabetes among Native Hawaiians analyzed from a social, political and cultural perspective gives us further insight into health inequality. It becomes clear how the disease and its practices reach beyond individual health and become the basis of negotiations of what it entails to be Native Hawaiian in a neo-colonial multiethnic society.



September 27, 2013

Songs of Labor, Love, and Lust: Japanese Immigrant Gender Relations in Hawai'iʻs Canefields


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

3:00pm - 5:00pm

UH Mānoa, Crawford Hall 115


Dr. Franklin Odo discusses the folks songs, holehole bushi, that Japanese immigrant workers created and sang in the cane fields of Hawai‘i. Using the holehole bushi as historical records, Odo explores how tales of love, lust, and sexual agency among Japanese immigrant women were shaped by the conditions of labor and family life in the exploitative plantation system. In a similar tradition to African American blues singers following the Great Migration, these holehole bushi provide a fresh perspective on Japanese and Asian immigrant gender and sexual relations in Hawai‘i and their entanglement within the forces, policies, and everyday practice of U.S. empire. This talk is part of Odo’s book, Voices from the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai‘i, out now through Oxford University Press.



Japanese Cultural Center of Honolulu, Department of Ethnic Studies, College of Social Sciences, friends and alumni of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, School of Asian and Pacific Studies, Center of Okinawan Studies and the Department of American Studies.


For more information, click here.



September 27, 2013

ES 'Awakea


Friday, October 18, 2013


UH Mānoa, George Hall 308


ES 'Awakea has returned! Join us for some fellowship around the kānoa.



September 27, 2013

Department of Ethnic Studies Open House


Friday, September 27, 2013

1:00pm - 3:00pm

UH Mānoa, George Hall 301B


Please join us at our annual open house to meet Ethnic Studies faculty members and majors.


UPDATE: Location has been moved from George Hall 301B to George Hall Courtyard.


For more information, click here.



September 24, 2013

Newcomers to the Aloha State: Challenges and Prospects for Mexicans in Hawai'i


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

6:00pm - 7:30pm

UH Mānoa, Architecture Auditorium (ARCH 205)



Dr. Jeanne Batalova, Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute

Dr. Monisha Das Gupta, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, University of Hawaiʻi of Mānoa

Sue P. Haglund, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science


The panelists present their research, released by the Migration Policy Institute, about the little known yet growing Mexican community in Hawaiʻi.  The event marks the Hispanic Heritage Month.


Co-sponsored by the College of Social Sciences


It is free and open to the public.


For more information, click here.



August 29, 2013

College of Social Sciences: College Fair


Thursday, August 29, 2013

10:00am - 2:00pm

UH Mānoa, Saunders Hall Courtyard


Come check out ESSA and the Department of Ethnic Studies along with the rest of the College of Social Sciences at our annual college fair!


For more information, click here.