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

Oceanic Solidarities

November 17th, 2020

Beyond Asian Settler Colonialism

Description:  Part of our series "50 Years of Ethnic Studies: Celebrating Our Past and Reimagining Our Future"  While acknowledging the importance of Indigenous history and struggle as well as racial hierarchies on the islands, an acute risk of Asian settler colonialism is that it reifies divisions rather than dismantles them.  The time is ripe to develop new solidarities and Oceanic connections that confront the overlapping oppressions that have produced layered crises in the present. 

Speakers include: 
Hōkūlani K. Aikau (Kanaka ‘Ōiwi) is associate professor in the Division of Gender Studies and the Division of Ethnic Studies and the Director for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Utah. Dr. Aikau is the author of A Chosen People, A Promised Land: Mormonism and Race in Hawaiʻi (University of Minnesota Press, 2012) and coedited Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawaiʻi (Duke University Press 2019). 

Tēvita O. Kaʻili is a descendant of Moananuiākea ancestors Tangaloa (Kanaloa), Maui, and Hina. He is the author of Marking Indigeneity, and is a Professor of Cultural Anthropology and the Dean of the Faculty of Culture, Language, and Performing Arts at Brigham Young University Hawaiʻi. 

Manu Karuka is the author of Empire's Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad (University of California Press). He is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at Barnard College. 

Laurel Mei-Singh is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at UH Mānoa. Born and raised on O'ahu, she is currently working on a book about military fences and grassroots struggles for land and livelihood in Wai‘anae.  Davianna Pōmaikaʻi McGregor, Professor of Ethnic Studies at UH Mānoa is the moderator.

Speaker(s):  Hokulani K. Aikau, Tevita O. Ka?ili, Manu Karuka, Laurel Mei-Singh, Davianna Pomaika?i McGregor
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location:  Zoom Webinar
Sponsored by:  Ethnic Studies
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