Friday, January 23, 2015

New resource: Ethnographic Video Online

The University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa Library recently coordinated the purchase of a subscription to Ethnographic Video Online, which provides faculty, staff and students throughout the UH system with online access to over 1,300 hours of streaming video, including ethnographic films, documentaries, feature films and previously unpublished fieldwork. The collection includes the work of a number of UH faculty members, as well as several highly regarded Hawai'i- and Pacific-based filmmakers, including (among many others) Vilsoni Hereniko, Eddie and Myrna Kamae, Tom Coffman, Stephanie J. Castillo, Peter Rockford Espiritu, Puhipau, Wendy Arbeit. In addition to searching out specific titles, users can browse in a variety of ways, including by Cultural Group, Places Discussed, and People Discussed. The purchase of this collection was made possible in part by a generous donation from Eddie and Myrna Kamae’s Hawaiian Legacy Foundation. Special thanks also go to Kris Anderson, who recently left UH-M Library for a position as director of the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Health Sciences Library: Kris was responsible for working with all of the system libraries in coordinating the purchase. UH-Mānoa faculty, students and staff can access Ethnographic Video Online from this link: For access from other system libraries, contact your campus library.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

In Memoriam: Dr. George William Grace

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Dr. George W. Grace (September 8, 1921 - January 17, 2015). Dr. Grace was a professor emeritus at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where he served on the faculty in the Department of Linguistics from 1964 until 1991. In 1955, while a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, Dr. Grace began work for the Tri-Institutional Pacific Project (TRIPP) — a project of Pacific anthropological research funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and administered by Yale University, the University of Hawaii, and Honolulu's Bernice P. Bishop Museum. His task was to produce a classification of the Austronesian languages of Oceania, with particular attention to the position of Polynesian languages. In 1955, after several months of library research in New York, Dr. Grace departed for Melanesia, and for the next year traveled throughout the region conducting fieldwork. In 2007, Dr. Grace donated his Melanesian field notes, photographs and related papers to Hamilton Library's Pacific Collection -- all are available online via the George Grace Collection. Numerous of his works, both published and unpublished, can also be found throughout Hamilton Library's collections. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Symposium, Friday, January 16: Human Trafficking in Asia and the Pacific

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the UH-Manoa Center for Japanese Studies. For more information and a downloadable symposium flyer, click here:

Please join us this Friday, January 16 for an exciting, jointly-hosted symposium on Human Trafficking in Asia and the Pacific.  This event will be held in the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium.  Panel Presentations will run from 1:00 – 4:35 pm, and refreshments will follow from4:35 – 5:00 pm.

Panel Presentations:

Carole Petersen, UHM Prof. of Law and Director of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution
Sex Work, Migration, and the United States Trafficking In Persons Report: A Case Study of the Impact on Law and Policy in Hong Kong                                                       
Petrice Flowers, UHM Associate Prof., Political Science        
Entertainers and Trainees:  Race, Gender, and Visa Status in Human Trafficking to Japan

Julie Walsh, UHM Curriculum Specialist, Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Adoption (Under)Currents: Domestic Drift in Adoptions of Marshallese Children by Americans

Clare Hanusz, Immigration Attorney at Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, A Law Corporation             
Labor Trafficking in Hawai`i:  A Case Study of Thai Farm Workers with Global Horizons and Aloun Farms