HAPS 297A CROSSING BORDERS
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Dr. Jon Osorio, Dr. Katerina Teaiwa, Dr. Ricardo Trimillos
This honors course examines issues common to the Asia Pacific region with the intent of bringing a greater understanding of the setting in which we and the University of Hawai'i operate. It intends a critical examination of aspects of tradition, colonialism, and globalization, with attention to indigenous perspectives and voices. The course assumes some background in one or more of the focus regions: Hawai'i, the Pacific Islands, or Asia and requires comparison among the three. It encourages independent initiative in pursuing more depth in topics of individual interest or relevance and in examining the interconnections among the three areas.
The course includes an asynchronous component, using the Blackboard platform. After accessing Blackboard http://www.maile.hawaii.edu/, follow the directions for online introduction ALN 101 to familiarize yourself with its features. Consult the HAP 297 Blackboard announcement page after Friday afternoon each week regarding activities or online discussions for the following week.
HAP 297 is an experimental course being offered for the first time. At the end of the course we welcome constructive suggestions and critique for future planning.
HAPS 297 is divided into three units arranged around the following themes:
Dr. Osorio will cover Hawai‘i, Dr. Teaiwa, the Pacific, and Dr. Trimillos will deal with the Asia sections of each unit. While each one of us will lecture on our own area of specialty and generally attend every lecture we will definitely be present in the classroom on those days marked as “Bookend” lectures. During these meetings we will tie in each of our respective areas with assigned readings, the themes of the unit and invite critical reflection from students on the connections and differences between and within the three areas. Online discussion from the HAP 297 Blackboard will hopefully feed into these meetings as well as student exercises for each unit.
We will have 3 midterms consisting of short essay questions and assign student exercises for each unit. Please refer to the attached reading and lecture guide for midterms and exercise due dates.
Texts/Readings for Lectures:
Robert Borofsky, 2000. Remembrance of Pacific Pasts [RRP]
Mark Borthwick, 1992. The Pacific Century: Modern Pacific, Asia and
Vincente Diaz and Kehaulani Kauanui, 2001. “Native Pacific Cultural Studies on the Edge,” The Contemporary Pacific, Vol. 13:2. [TCP]
Epeli Hau’ofa, 1994. Tales from the Tikongs [TTT]
Haunani-Kay Trask, 1999. From a Native Daughter [FAND]
‘Oiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal Vol.1 [O]
Other readings available in the library or handouts:
Donald Denoon, Stewart Firth, Karen Nero etc. 1997. The Cambridge History of the Pacific Islanders [CHPI]
Brij V. Lal and Kate Fortune, 2000. The Pacific Islands Encyclopedia, [PIE]
Epeli Hau’ofa. 1993. “Our Sea of Islands,” in The Contemporary Pacific 1: 148-160 [OSI]
Teresia Teaiwa, 1995. “Scholarship from a Lazy Native” in Greenwood, Neumann and Sartori, eds. Work in Flux [SLN]
Albert Wendt. 1987. “Novelists and Historians and the Art of Remembering,” in Antony Hooper, ed. Class and Culture in the South Pacific [NHAR]
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