Our History · Our Way

The Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa focuses on comparative analyses of racial and ethnic groups and inequalities among them through the lens of social justice. We take an ʻāina (land) and ocean-based approach to our four focal areas—migration, social justice, oceanic connections, and engagement. Our research and teaching are interdisciplinary and transnational. As ethnic studies scholars, we specialize in race and ethnicity as they intersect with indigeneity, class, gender, and sexuality in Hawaiʻi, the United States, and Oceania.

Our department offers a major (BA) and a certificate in ethnic studies as well as a combined Bachelor’s & Master’s Degree (BAM) in ethnic studies and education Our undergraduate program foregrounds civic engagement and service learning to foster thoughtful and compassionate leaders and stewards of the ʻāina. We train our students to imagine and craft responsible and sustainable alternatives to local, regional, national, and global problems.

Ethnic Studies 331 - Power and Place: Chinatown is hosting a film showing of “The Curse of Gwon” (1916) which is the earliest known Asian American film. The film will be accompanied with a discussion. This is the first time this film will be shown in Hawai’i.

The UH Disability Studies Initiative Film Festival screening 3 films: The Interviewer, My Disability RoadMap, and Kū Kanaka/Stand Tall. Gerard O'Dwyer (actor in "The Interviewer") and Marlene Booth (Director of "Kū Kanaka/Stand Tall") will also be in attendance at the event.

Join us next Tuesday in person in the Ethnic Studies AQ Room on Campus at George Hall or remotely via zoom registration link in bio.

Dying to Work: Oʻahu Hotel Workers’ Efforts at Wellbeing in the Face of Autoimmune Capitalism.

Follow link for presentation abstract.

Come join our Ethnic Studies community here at UH Mānoa. Next Tuesday at George Hall 3rd floor.

2022 Ethnic Studies Graduate Punahele spoke with the University of Hawai'i News and they wrote an article called “Kanaka ʻōiwi rapper sets sights on master’s, wins 3rd Nā Hōkū”. Check out the article via the link in our bio.

Hali'a Aloha Colette Yvette Pi'ipi'i Machado

Fond Aloha to Colette Machado, a former student and staunch supporter of ES. 

At every point that we needed community support, she was up front and a strong advocate - often the inspirational speaker at our anniversary celebrations.

"Talking Story: A Panel on the Bamboo Ridge Oral History Project"
Eric Chock and Darrell Lum, founding editors
Juliet Kono, current editor-in-chief
Jean Toyama, past guest editor, lead on the Bamboo Ridge preservation project 
Moderated by Donald Carriera Ching and Ken Tokuno

Happening today at 3pm. Registration link in bio.

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