Spring 2014 Events

May 6, 2014

2014 Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Colloquium


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

3:30pm - 5:00pm

UH Mānoa, George Hall 301B


The Department of Ethnic Studies is hosting its 7th annual undergraduate colloquium bringing in students across the University to share their research on issues of militarization, immigration, sexuality, indigenous health and decolonization.


Co-sponsored by the Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED), Department of Ethnic Studies, and UHM Marianas Club.


For more information, click here.



April 28, 2014 - May 1,2014

The Future of Hip Hop Summit


Each day the Summit will focus on a key theme like independence, technology, education, and artistic expression for youth and local communities. It will also feature Grammy-nominated artist Carolyn Malachi from Washington, DC, Matt Reeves from Staten Island, NY (who is a featured artist in the documentary, The Curators Volume 1: A Story of Independence) and filmmakers and entrepreneurs Jermaine Fletcher and Jimmie Thomas.


Below is the list of events occuring during the summit:


  • Monday, April 28, 2014 (PDF)
    Inside the Ethnic Studies Studio featuring Carolyn Malachi, Matt Reeves, and Jermaine Fletcher
    10:30am - 11:30am
    George Hall 227


  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 (PDF)
    Independence in Art & Business featuring Carolyn Malachi, Matt Reeves, Jermaine Fletcher, and Jimmie Thomas
    11:30am - 1:30pm
    Queen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services (QLC) 412


  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 (PDF), (Link)
    Film Screening and Q&A – The Curators Volume 1: A Story of Independence
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
    George Hall 227


  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (PDF)
    Art as Therapy & Community Building featuring IslandFunder, Linda Kuo of Dancers Unlimited, About The Goods, local Hip Hop group Super Groupers, and Rob & Dmvir of Zulu & BRK
    11:30am - 1:30pm
    Queen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services (QLC) 412


  • Thursday, May 1, 2014
    The Past, Present, and Future of Hip Hop with Matt Reeves and Jermaine Fletcher
    3:00pm - 4:15pm
    George Hall 214


Co-sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Student Assiciation (ESSA), Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED), and prominent Hip Hop community organization, Curators of Hip Hop (COHH).


For more information about the summit, click here.



April 27, 2014

Film Screening: The Targeted Village


Sunday, April 27, 2014

3:30pm - 5:00pm

UH Mānoa, Center for Korean Studies Auditorium


The Center for Okinawan Studies presents a screening of a documentary film, "The Targeted Village." This award-winning film reveals the untold stories of Okinawan residents sued by the Japanese government.


Free and open to public. (PARKING IS FREE)


This event is co-sponsored by the UHM Center for Pacific Island Studies, Ethnic Studies Department, Indigenous Politics Program, Akisamiyo-! Club, and Oceania Rising.


For more information, click here.



April 16, 2014 - April 20, 2014

PACITA: Pacific Islanders in the Arts


Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Sunday, April 20, 2014

UH Mānoa


Wednesday, April 16, 2014
5th Floor Hamilton Library

Art Exhibitbition Opens: "O le Puna: The Spring:" Featuring Work by Dan Taulapapa McMullin


3:00pm - 6:00pm

Welcome Ceremony Island Style, Oratory and Performances.


Thursday, April 17, 2014
Crawford 105
4:30pm - 7:00pm

At the Movies with Student Filmmakers


Mānoa Gardens
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Parade of Student Poets, Actors, and Musicians


For more information, click here.



April 14, 2014

The Sacred Man of War: Samuel T. Shinohara, the Treason Charge, and the U.S. Rule of Law in Guam


Monday, April 14, 2014

3:00pm - 4:30pm

UH Mānoa, BUSAD E204


From 1945-1949, the U.S. Navy’s War Crimes Tribunals Program apprehended and prosecuted more than 100 individuals accused of war crimes in Micronesia. In this talk, I will examine one trial in Guam pertaining to the treason charge, otherwise known in U.S. constitutional law as the betrayal of allegiance. As the highest crime a subject can commit against a sovereign, the treason charge, if proven, can result in the levying of the death sentence.


Samuel Takekuna Shinohara, a Japanese citizen and resident of Guam, faced this predicament when the military tribunal alleged several treason charges against him. Although his subject-status technically resided “outside” the U.S. rule of law, the military tribunal nevertheless entertained his case so as to reassert and remake U.S. sovereignty in wartime Guam. In this respect, Shinohara embodied the legal and political thresholds of what the philosopher Giorgio Agamben calls homo sacer, a “sacred man” whose life may be killed but not sacrificed by the nation.


Put simply, Shinohara’s multiply construed subjectivity as an American “alien” and as a Japanese “national,” coupled with other allegations that he assaulted American citizens and stole American property, affronted and upheld U.S. sovereignty and its militarist, political, and racial notions of white supremacy in Guam. I will thus explore why and how the tribunal represented Samuel T. Shinohara as a sacred man whose political being was remade and cast out from Japan and the U.S.


Keith L. Camacho is an associate professor of Pacific Islander Studies in the Asian American Studies Department at UCLA. He is also the senior editor of Amerasia Journal, the author of Cultures of Commemoration: The Politics of War, Memory, and History in the Mariana Islands, and the co-editor of Militarized Currents: Toward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific. In addition to his involvement in various Chamorro and Pacific Islander community organizations in Los Angeles and elsewhere, Professor Camacho has held research appointments at the Australian National University, the University of Canterbury, and the University of Illinois. He is presently writing a book on colonialism, law, and punishment as a Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellow with the American Council of Learned Societies.


Co-sponsored by the Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED), Department of Ethnic Studies, and UHM Marianas Club.



March 14, 2014

Making Sense of Micronesia: Cultural Changes Facing Migrant Communities


Friday, March 14, 2014

3:30pm - 5:00pm

UH Mānoa, Crawford Hall 115


Francis Hezel, SJ, has more than 50 years of experience living and working in Micronesia. His books include The First Taint of Civilization, Strangers in their Own Land, and The New Shape of Old Island Cultures. He served as principal of Xavier High School in Chuuk and is the founder of the Micronesian Seminar (MicSem). His most recent book, Making Sense of Micronesia: The Logic of Pacific Island Culture, was published last year by the University of Hawai‘i Press. He is currently in residence at New York’s Fordham University, from where he blogs regularly about regional issues (http://www.wheresfran.org/).


Co-sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, and Pacific Islands Development Center, East-West Center.


To view the flyer, click here.



March 14, 2014

Race, Sexuality, and Asian American Studies


Friday, March 14, 2014

4:00pm - 6:00pm

UH Mānoa, Moore Hall 328


Dr. Nayan Shah, Chair of American Studies and Ethnicity and Professor of History at University of Southern California, will be giving a public lecture discussing the frameworks of race, sexuality, and Asian American Studies and, also, sharing his new research on religious movements and interracial intimacy in the 1920-30s.


He specializes in U.S. and Canadian history, gender and sexuality studies, legal and medical history, and Asian American studies. He is the author of Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco's Chinatown (University of California Press, 2001) and Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality, and the Law in the North American West (University of California Press, 2011).


Co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies and Department of Ethnic Studies.



February 28, 2014

ES 'Awakea


Friday, February 28, 2014

1:00pm - 3:00pm

UH Mānoa, George Hall 301


Happy Aloha Friday everyone! Join us for some fellowship around the kānoa.



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.


To view the flyer, click here.



February 11, 2014

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


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

3:00pm - 4:15pm

UH Mānoa, George Hall 301B


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


To view the flyer, click here.



January 24, 2014

ES 'Awakea


Friday, January 24, 2014

1:00pm - 3:00pm

UH Mānoa, George Hall 301B


Join us for some fellowship around the kānoa and meet faculty members of the University of Aucklandʻs, Dr. Everdina Fuli, Dr. Vili Nosa, and Dr. Jemaima Tiatia-Seath. Have some ʻawa and find out about the opportunuties for international collaboration and exchange with our Maori and Pacific relations as we look to uplift our collective mana!


Click on the links below to learn more about each of the members!

Dr. Everdina Fuli

Dr. Vili Nosa

Dr. Jemaima Tiatia-Seath



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


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.


To view the flyer, click here.



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


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.


To view the flyer, click here.



January 17, 2014

ES 'Awakea


Friday, January 17, 2014

1:00pm - 3:00pm

UH Mānoa, George Hall 308


ES 'Awakea is back for a new semester! Join us for some fellowship around the kānoa.



January 16, 2014

Department of Ethnic Studies Colloquium Series: The Indigenous World


Thursday, January 16, 2014

4:30pm - 6:00pm

UH Mānoa, George Hall 301B


Guest speaker Christoffer Badse will discuss monitoring human rights in Denmark and the establishment of a human rights institution in Greenland with the assistance of the Danish Institute for Human Rights and guest speaker Genevieve Rose will give an overall presentation of the work of the International Work Group of Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) with indigenous peoples and discuss the role of three different regional human rights bodies on indigenous peoples’ rights.


To view the flyer, click here.