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
NEW RELEASE | First in Paper
Remaking Chinese Cinema: Through the Prism of Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Hollywood
written by Yiman Wang
2013 | 232 pages
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-5107-1 | $27.00
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3607-8 | $49.00
“Yiman Wang establishes new paradigms for studying Chinese cinema. Tracing how films were adapted and remade across borders from the 1930s to the present, the book demonstrates the strong bonds among film industries in the Pacific rim, and especially among Chinese-speaking countries. Wang contributes to the cutting-edge field of Sinophone studies, which challenges the notion of cinemas defined by the nation-state. Wang brings rare expertise as she straddles China studies and film studies, drawing on theories of national formation and film reception. The book relies on rich archival research in China, Hong Kong, and the U.S. and should be read by all interested in the transnational circulation of words and images.” —Yomi Braester, University of Washington
NEW RELEASE and AUTHOR EVENT
Honolulu Star-Advertiser “Ocean Watch” columnist Susan Scott will appear at BookEnds in Kailua on Saturday, September 27, noon to 1:00 p.m., to sign her newest book, Call Me Captain: A Memoir of a Woman at Sea. This will be a good time to catch her before she leaves a few days later on a sail from New Caledonia to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, then on to Palau to lead a snorkeling and natural history tour for the Oceanic Society. She’ll return to Hawai‘i in mid-November for the holidays and new year, with a West Coast book tour to follow in February.
Quite different from Susan’s previous guidebooks on Hawai‘i’s marine life, Call Me Captain is a tale of self-discovery when she faces a turning point in her life and marriage and decides to leave everything behind to sail to Palmyra Atoll to work as a volunteer biologist. Follow Susan as she writes about swimming with manta rays, kayaking with sharks, and sailing with whales and dolphins. Her memoir is a romance, a harrowing sea tale, and a personal account of nature’s power to put life in perspective.
Call Me Captain: A Memoir of a Woman at Sea
2014 | 336 pages | A Latitude 20 Book
Paper | ISBN: 978-0-8248-3981-9 | $19.99
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Reading and Talk Story Session featuring Consuelo Agarpao Gouveia, Sania Fa‘amaile Betty P. Ickes, Dawn Mahi, Cheryse Julitta Kauikeolani Sana, and Aiko Yamashiro.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
1:45 – 3:30 pm
University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu Library
ʻUluʻulu Exhibition Space
This FREE event will inaugurate the UH West Oʻahu Library’s monthly literary series featuring role models from Hawaiʻi communities in inspiring and accessible talk story sessions. Light snacks will be provided. Students of all ages are encouraged to come!
The Value of Hawai‘i 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions
edited by Aiko Yamashiro and Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘opua
2014 | 322 pages | 20 illustrations
Paper | ISBN: 978-0-8248-3975-8
FREE PUBLIC EVENT
University of Houston historian Dr. Gerald Horne, author of Fighting in Paradise: Labor Unions, Racism, and Communists in the Making of Modern Hawai‘i will lead off the Third Annual LaborFest Hawai‘i held this Friday, September 19, starting at 6:00 p.m. at ARTS at Marks Garage. The gathering will bring together scholars, workers (both union and non-union), organizers, and interested individuals to offer multiple perspectives of working-class culture and celebrate Hawai‘i’s important labor history.
Dr. Horne’s talk will be followed by that of labor journalist/lawyer Steve Early and a panel discussion. Panelists include:
- William Puette, faculty director of UH West O‘ahu’s Center for Labor Education & Research;
- Jonathan Dial, Graduate Student Organization advocacy chair;
- Jim Dator, professor and director of the Hawai‘i Research Center for Futures Studies, UHM Department of Political Science;
- Susan Schultz, professor of English, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
6:00 – 6:30 Reception, pupu and music
6:30 – 7:00 Professor Gerald Horne presentation
7:00 – 7:30 Steve Early presentation
7:30 – 8:00 Panel of students, adjunct faculty, professors, teachers and other public workers respond.
8:00 – 8:30 Ray Catania and Bart Dame discuss the fight for a raise in the minimum wage.
8:30 Audience discussion plus resolutions and feedback for the 4th Annual LaborFest Hawaii.
The event is free and open to the public. There will also be a cash bar at the event.
From Comrades to Bodhisattvas: Moral Dimensions of Lay Buddhist Practice in Contemporary China
written by Gareth Fisher
2014 | 301 pages | 13 illustrations
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3966-6 | $50.00
Topics in Contemporary Buddhism
“From Comrades to Bodhisattvas reveals for the first time an important and rapidly developing aspect of Chinese religiosity—the rise of lay Buddhism, which takes place in the cracks of China’s strict system of religious control. Nothing in the current literature on Buddhism or on religion in China is comparable to Fisher’s important contribution. His fascinating findings include, for example, showing how a ‘karmic’ morality offers an alternative for people unhappy with the more utilitarian morality of connection-building that characterizes much of life in Beijing. Other sections show counter-intuitively how a nostalgia for some of the ideals of the Maoist period—a sense of community, a commitment to a kind of egalitarian fairness for all, a broadly shared sense of thrift and poverty—can combine with Buddhist ideals to create a critique of the current system.” —Robert P. Weller, Boston University