The Value of Hawai‘i Volumes 1 and 2 Join Voices in October Events

“The Value of Hawai‘i: Knowing Our Ancestral Past, Shaping the Oceanic Future”

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Center for Biographical Research Brown Bag Series presents two days of interdisciplinary dialogue between contributing authors of The Value of Hawai‘i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future and The Value of Hawai‘i 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions.

Thursday October 16, 12:00 – 1:15 pm, Kuykendall 410
• Jeffrey Tangonan Acido (Dept. of Education Foundations)
• Kamanamaikalani Beamer (Hui ʻĀina Momona at Hawaiʻinuiākea, William S. Richardson School of Law)
• Hunter Heavilin (Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning)
• Mari Matsuda (William S. Richardson School of Law)
Moderated by Aiko Yamashiro (Dept. of English)

Thursday October 23, 12:00 – 1:15 pm, Kuykendall 410
• Makena Coffman (Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning)
• Tina Grandinetti (Dept. of Political Science)
• Keaweʻaimoku Kaholokula (Dept. of Native Hawaiian Health at John A. Burns School of Medicine)
Ian Lind (Independent Journalist)
Moderated by Craig Howes (Center for Biographical Research)

Books will be available for purchase at the event from UH Mānoa Bookstore.

The Value of Hawaiʻi community programming is sponsored by The Center for Biographical Research and the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities.

Indonesian language learning text and audio now available in three volumes


Indonesian Grammar in Context: Asyik Berbahasa Indonesia
written by Ellen Rafferty, Molly Burns, and Shintia Argazali-Thomas

2014 | 264 pages
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-3575-0 | $32.00
Published in association with NUS Press


The three volume text, Asyik Berbahasa Indonesia: A Grammar Practice Text, offers a communicative approach to the learning of the basic grammatical structures of Indonesian. Students become engaged in task-based activities set in life-like situations as they read, write and speak Indonesian. A set of online recordings of the opening segments reinforces the grammatical form as the student listens to the dialogue or text in a natural discourse setting. In addition, cultural notes at the end of the lessons allow the student to explore the relationship between language use and socio-cultural values and customs.

Audio files for this volume may be downloaded in MP3 format at


Chinese painter Qi Baishi, new volume and exhibit at Honolulu Museum of Art


Modern Ink: The Art of Qi Baishi
written by Britta Erickson, Craig Yee, and Jung Ying Tsao

2014 | 144 pages, 109 color illustrations
Paper | ISBN: 978-0-8248-4766-1 | $38.00
Published in association with Marquand Books and the Mozhai Foundation


Coinciding with today’s opening of Qi Baishi’s work at the Honolulu Museum of Art, UH Press is releasing an impressive new volume filled with color illustrations of his work.

Born into a poor farming family and coming of age during China’s century of civil strife, Qi Baishi transformed the elite brush art of China’s literati scholars into a universal art form appreciated by people of all social backgrounds. His distinctly modern art language breaks through class and cultural barriers through use of expressive “carved” brushwork, juxtaposition of vibrant colors against deep and rich ink tones, poetic economy in form and composition, and choice of emotionally resonant subject matter. For these reasons, Qi Baishi’s art is the ideal gateway through which art lovers of any class or culture can learn about the millenia-old tradition of Chinese brush painting.

The exhibition closes on January 25, 2015.

Connective history in the Pacific


Transpacific Studies: Framing an Emerging Field
edited by Janet Hoskins and Viet Thanh Nguyen

2014 | 236 pages
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-3998-7 | $25.00
Cloth (Print on Demand) | ISBN 978-0-8248-3994-9 | $56.00
Intersections: Asian and Pacific American Transcultural Studies


Recognizing the increasing importance of the transpacific as a word and concept, this anthology proposes a framework for transpacific studies that examines the flows of culture, capital, ideas, and labor across the Pacific. These flows involve Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific Islands. Transpacific studies sheds light on the cultural and political movements, artistic works, and ideas that have arisen to contest state, corporate, and military ambitions. In sum, the transpacific as a concept illuminates how flows across the Pacific can be harnessed for purposes of both domination and resistance.


Dr. Jon Okamura Revisits Japanese American Experiences in Hawai‘i in Ethnic Studies Talk


UH Mānoa professor Jonathan Okamura will speak today, September 30, 3:00–4:15 p.m. at George Hall 301, as part of the Department of Ethnic Studies Fall Colloquium series. He will address select topics from his new book, From Race to Ethnicity: Interpreting Japanese Experiences in Hawai‘i and its relevancy to the most recent primary election.

2014 | 248 pages
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3950-5 | $42.00
Race and Ethnicity in Hawai‘i