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ES 333

A history of the present: What it means to be Filipina/o in Hawaiʻi…

ES 333: Filipinos in Hawaiʻi

Summer 1 (online)

This upper-division and interdisciplinary course will attempt to address what it means to be Filipina/o in Hawaiʻi by providing an overview of the historical and contemporary experiences of Filipina/os in Hawaiʻi, the continental United States, and the global diaspora, focusing primarily on issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, class, culture, power, place, representation, and globalization. Using a "history of the present" approach we will examine historical events, processes, and structures (such as histories of colonialism in the Philippines and Hawaiʻi, plantation society, and global capitalism) that are necessary factors for understanding the scope of present-day Filipina/o communities in Hawaiʻi.

Students will be introduced to cultural studies concepts that will be useful for examining cultural productions such as: cultural performances, political cartoons, ethnic jokes, movies, hip-hop, poetry, and other artwork related to Filipina/os in Hawaiʻi. These cultural productions will be used to interrogate such phenomena as colonialism, the global dispersal of Filipina/os, the dynamics of identity-making, and the sociocultural politics of everyday life.

Fulfills the general education requirement: DH, OC

About the Instructor
Roderick Labrador is an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He is the co-author of Filipinos in Hawaiʻi (with Theodore Gonzalves), coeditor of Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipina/o America (with Mark Villegas and DJ Kuttinʻ Kandi), and author of Building Filipino Hawaiʻi. He is currently working on two book projects: Where the Hustle and Struggle Coincide: Place, Politics, and Rap in Filipina/o America and Town All Day: Scenes in Seattle Rap (with George Quibuyen aka Geo of Blue Scholars and the Bar).

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Term Dates

  • Summer 1
    May 21 – June 29, 2018
  • Summer 2
    July 2 – August 10, 2018
  • Varied Date Courses
    Class schedules vary between May 21 – August 10, 2018

  • Registration Dates
    UHM Seniors
    March 13
    UHM Continuing
    March 14
    New or Visiting
    March 20

Questions? Contact Us

UHM Outreach College

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Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-7221