Ethnic Studies Anniversary : Celebrating 50 Years of Our History Our Way

Ethnic Studies Responds to Societal Injustice

June Millington talk story and kanikapila
April 8th, 2021

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June Millington: Trailblazing Filipina American guitarist who with her sister Jean created the first all-woman hard rock band, Fanny, in 1969. They did not get the recognition they deserved in their time. Record company executives and music critics thought that an all-woman rock band could only be a fad. Belying this depiction, David Bowie has called them one of the best bands he ever heard. June has continued making music, collaborating with Jean on their album Play Like a Girl. In addition, She and her partner Ann Hackler founded and run the Institute for Musical Arts in Goshen, Massachusetts, which includes a summer camp for girls and young women where she teaches how to "play like a girl," namely by learning collaboration and creativity through making music with fearless joy .

Along with her career in music, Millington has written about her experience as an immigrant woman of color negotiating a career making music on her own terms in her autobiography, Land of a Thousand Bridges: Island Girl in a Rock & Roll World (2016). Her creative experience melds into the visual too, where she has worked on both sides of the documentary lens. Her archivist's spirit is rooted in capturing the transformative work that she and other women artists and musicians have been doing so that it does not get overlooked or marginalized.

A forum on Black Lives at UH Mānoa
How does terrorist violence continue to shape the existence of not only Black people, but all of America?
September 3rd, 2020

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Ty Tengan w/ Keith Camacho
On The Native Pacific: Talk Story with Keith Camacho
April 23, 202

A talk story with Associate Professor Keith L. Camacho (UCLA) as he discusses research, teaching, and activism with and for Pacific Islander communities in California, the Mariana Islands, and elsewhere.  The session was moderated by Associate Professors Ty P. Kāwika Tengan and Roderick Labrador (UHM) and sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies. Q&A included an important discussion (42:42​-45:51​) on COVID-19 and Pacific Islander communities with Calvin Chang, Kanaka Maoli researcher involved with a survey organized by ‘Alisi Tulua that we are encouraging all Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders to participate in: