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Ethnic Studies


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.


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 appropriate selectors. 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. Audiovisual material is selected by the Wong AV Center in close consultation with the Ethnic Studies selector.


Language: English.

Chronological: No limitations, although current imprints are emphasized.

Geographic: No limitations, although the program focuses on the United States, Hawaii, the Pacific basin, and Asia.

Date of Publication: No limitations, although contemporary materials are emphasized.

Types and 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 acquired.

Electronic Format: All formats may be collected, including electronic, print, and microform. Electronic resources include indexes, databases, reference tools, e-books, and so forth. Networked electronic access is preferred for full text journal literature and for indexing and abstracting.

Treatment: Limited to cultural, economic, historical, political, social, and theoretical aspects. Customs and folklore of specific ethnic groups are actively collected.

Compiled by: Jodie Mattos
Date: June 2008

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