I. PROGRAM INFORMATION
The Ethnic Studies Program, initiated in 1970, is an interdisciplinary
program focusing on undergraduate education. Ethnic studies combine traditional
and contemporary methodologies on issues of race, ethnicity, and class.
The program's focus is Hawaii with its multiethnic heritages but the research,
teaching, and service components include the United States and comparative
studies of international societies. The program offers a BA degree or
a Certificate in Ethnic Studies.
Courses in the department are divided into three major areas: the history
and experience of specific groups (for example, African Americans), individual
courses on specific groups in Hawaii (Caucasians, Chinese, Filipinos,
Hawaiians, Japanese, and Koreans), and topical issues such as ethnic identity,
ethnic literature, land tenure, social movements, and labor history.
II. COORDINATION OF COLLECTING RESPONSIBILITIES
In addition to its own literature, the department draws on the materials
from disciplines such as American studies, history, literature, sociology,
and women's studies.
The Hawaiian Collection acquires duplicate
copies of heavily used titles for BHSD, often in close consultation with
The Pacific Collection acquires duplicate copies
of heavily used titles for BHSD.
The Asia Collection is responsible for collecting
materials about Asia written in English and the vernacular languages.
Wong AV Center
Audiovisual material is selected by the Wong AV
Center in close consultation with the Ethnic Studies selector.
IV. GUIDELINES TO MATERIAL COLLECTED OR EXCLUDED
No limitations, although current imprints are emphasized.
No limitations, although the program focuses on the
United States, Hawaii, the Pacific basin, and Asia.
Date of Publication: No limitations, although contemporary materials
Types/Formats of Materials Collected: Books and serials in hard
copy make up the largest part of the collection. Government documents
and audiovisual materials are also collected. Dissertations are rarely
Electronic Formats: Materials in electronic format are selectively
Treatment: Limited to cultural, economic, historical, political,
social, and theoretical aspects. Customs and folklore of specific ethnic
groups are actively collected.
Date compiled: 6/2001 Compiler: Jodie Mattos