Join the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE), Africana Research Cluster, and Transpacific Research Cluster for Nitasha Tamar Sharma's Book Talk on Hawai'i Is My Haven: Race and Indigeneity in the Black Pacific. 

This event is part of the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity's 2021-22 ASE Commons: A Series on Race, Power, and Critical Thought. 

Hawaiʻi Is My Haven (Duke University Press, 2021) maps the context and contours of Black life in the Hawaiian Islands. This ethnography emerges from a decade of fieldwork with both Hawaiʻi-raised Black locals and Black transplants who moved to the Islands from North America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Professor Sharma highlights the paradox of Hawaiʻi as a multiracial paradise and site of unacknowledged antiBlack racism. 

She is a professor of African American Studies and Asian American Studies at
Northwestern University, where she was the Charles Deering Professor of Teaching Excellence. Professor Sharma is the author of Hip Hop Desis: South Asian Americans, Blackness, and a Global Race Consciousness (Duke UP, 2010) and editor of Beyond Ethnicity: New Politics of Race in Hawai'i (University of Hawai'i Press, 2018). 

Individuals who require accommodations (i.e. closed captioning) for this event may contact the Africana Research Cluster at asearc@usc.edu. Please send requests at least 7 days prior to the event. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide accommodations in an effective and timely manner.

If you have additional inquiries, you can also email asearc@usc.edu

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