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Ethnic Studies Faculty

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Ty Tengan, Ph.D., Anthropology
Office Location: George Hall 308
Phone Number: 956-5144
Fax Number: 956-9494


I am from Maui and attended Kamehameha School, Honolulu (high school), Dartmouth College (B.A.), and the University of Hawai‘i, where I received my M.A. and Ph.D. (2003). I am Hawaiian, Okinawan, Portuguese, and German and am actively engaged in Hawaiian cultural and political issues. I am currently an associate professor with a joint appointment in the departments of Ethnic Studies and Anthropology. I am also an affiliate faculty member of multiple units across the UH Manoa campus, including the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Women's Studies, Political Science and its Indigenous Politics Program, and the International Cultural Studies Graduate Certificate Program (University of Hawai‘i/East-West Center), of which I am a certificate recipient (2000).


I teach the following courses: ES 101 Introduction to Ethnic Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies ES 221 Hawaiians ES 301 Ethnic Identity ES 320 Hawai‘i and the Pacific, Department of Ethnic Studies ES 380 Fieldwork in Ethnic Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies ES 480 Qualitative Research Methods, Department of Ethnic Studies ES 486/Anth 486 Peoples of Hawai‘i, Departments of Ethnic Studies and Anthropology ANTH 152 Culture and Humanity, Department of Anthropology ANTH 316 Anthropology of Tourism, Department of Anthropology ANTH 419 Indigenous Anthropology, Department of Anthropology ANTH 485 Pre-European Hawai‘i, Department of Anthropology ANTH 750D Hawaiian Ethnography

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    Spring 2013ES 101 (1-5) - Introduction to Ethnic Studies View Syllabus


Since my hire, I have chaired and served on multiple graduate M.A. and Ph.D. committees in Anthropology and sat on many more in the departments of Political Science, Hawaiian Studies, Linguistics, Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, American Studies, and Music.


My current research is on Hawaiian soldiering. It is being partly funded by the National Park Service and involves archival and oral history research into the experiences of Native Hawaiians serving in the U.S. military from 1900 until the present, with special focus on World War II. This builds upon my major work on the remaking of Hawaiian masculinities and warriorhood in the cultural nationalist movement, which has been published recently in my book _Native Men Remade: Gender and Nation in Contemporary Hawai'i_ (Duke University Press, 2008). In addition to the book, I have published an article in the journal _Anthropological Forum_ on my work as an indigenous ethnographer, and an earlier article in _Cultural Values_ that theorizes Hawaiian and Maori men's engagements with sport and the military. More recently I have co-authored (with Jesse Makani Markham) an essay on performances of Polynesian warriorhood in the University of Hawai'i football team.

I have also conducted research affiliated with a Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum exhibit entitled “Hui Panala‘au: Hawaiian Colonists, American Citizens,” that tells the story of over 130 young men of Hawai‘i who “occupied” the islands in the equatorial Pacific between 1935-1942 as “colonists” for the U.S. Articles coming from this research appear in _The Contemporary Pacific_ and _Peace Review_. This also serves as a starting point for my current research on Hawaiian soldiering.

I am also involved in the exploration and development of new models for indigenous research in anthropology and the social sciences more generally, as well as the ways in which such research agendas articulate with other modes of critical scholarship. I have published on the history of anthropology in Hawai'i and the efforts of Hawaiians involved in repatriation of human remains and burial objects from museums and government institutions. Presently I am working with Tevita Ka'ili and Rochelle Fonoti to coedit a collection on "Genealogies: Articulating Indigenous Anthropology in/of Oceania."


My broad interests include ethnic studies, cultural anthropology, indigenous theory and methodology, colonialism, nationalism, militarism, identity formation, gender, masculinities, and cultural politics in Hawai‘i and the Pacific.


Title: Re-membering Panala'au: Masculinities, Nation, and Empire Hawai'i and the Pacific (PDF) (2008)
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Title: Review of Ha‘ena: Through the Eyes of the Ancestors (PDF) (2010)
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Title: He Ninauele me Tuti Kanahele (PDF) (2003)
Co Authors: Tuti Kanahele
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Title: Disappearing Worlds: Anthropology and Cultural Studies in Hawai‘i and the Pacific (PDF) (2001)
Co Authors: Geoffrey M. White
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Title: (En)gendering Colonialism: Masculinities in Hawai'i and Aotearoa (PDF) (2002)
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Title: Ka Huaka'i o na 'Oiwi: The Journey Home (PDF) (2002)
Co Authors: Edward Halealoha Ayau
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Title: Ke Kulana he Mahu: Remembering a Sense of Place (Review) (PDF) (2003)
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Title: Ku'e: Thirty Years of Land Struggle in Hawai'i (Review) (PDF) (2005)
Co Authors: J. Lahela Perry
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Title: Unsettling Ethnography: Tales of an 'Oiwi in the Anthropological Slot (PDF) (2005)
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Title: Of Colonization and Pono in Hawai'i (PDF) (2004)
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Title: Performing Polynesian Masculinities in American Football: From Rainbows to Warriors (PDF) (2009)
Co Authors: Jesse Makani Markham
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Title: Genealogies: Articulating Indigenous Anthropology in/of Oceania (PDF) (2010)
Co Authors: Tevita Ka'ili and Rochelle Fonoti
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Title: Native Men Remade: Gender and Nation in Contemporary Hawai'i (2008)
ISBN: 978-0-8223-43
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