Seminar: Chinese and public health in Hawai`i: Becoming citizen-subjects

May 1, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Honolulu Campus, 1601 East-West Road, John A. Burns Hall, Room 3121/3125 (3rd floor)

This seminar traces the place of Chinese in discourses of public health, in the medical community and particularly with the Board of Health, to reflect on the how Chinese moved from plantation laborers to successful members of Hawaiʻi society. Chinese went from enduring racist treatment by government officials in the early years to reaching top levels of public health by the mid 20th century. That kind of path is often seen as a model of immigrant success. But the Chinese story in Hawaiʻi also raises questions about the notion of "model minority" and the complex and problematic wielding of such a term.

Nancy Riley is a professor of sociology at Bowdoin College and a Visiting Scholar at the East-West Center. She is currently working on a book on Chinese experience in Hawaiʻi.

Ticket Information
Free, open to the public

Event Sponsor
East-West Center, Mānoa Campus

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