A diverse group of Filipinos will headline presentations on hip hop, food, identity and social justice as part of the Filipino American History Month celebration at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, October 12–13. These events are free and open to the public.
The Filipino American History Month events are sponsored by the UH Mānoa Department of Ethnic Studies, Office of Student Equity, Excellence, and Diversity, Ethnic Studies Student Association, Tinalak, Pamantasan, Campus Center Board and Student Activity and Program Fee Board.
Hip hop, politics and identity
Thursday, October 12, 3–4:30 p.m., Hamilton 301
Hip Hop has long been concerned with equality and justice. When Filipinos rap they rap with purpose and style. This talk will feature Prometheus Brown, also known as Geologic of the Blue Scholars, and Bambu, solo artist and formerly of Native Guns, who also make up the rap duo, The Bar.
Family Ingredients screening and panel discussion
Thursday, October 12, 5–7 p.m., Campus Center 308
The cast and crew of PBS’s Emmy Award-winning series Family Ingredients will be on campus to screen an episode for their upcoming second season. After the showing, they will discuss the importance of food and cultural heritage with Seattle-based bakeshop owners, Chera Amlag and Prometheus Brown.
About the cast:
- Ty Sanga is a UH Mānoa ethnic studies graduate. His latest feature documentary, Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson, premiered at the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival and will air on PBS in 2017.
- Ed Kenney, a successful restaurateur, owns and runs four restaurants—Town, Kaimuki Superette, Mud Hen Water and the recently opened Mahina and Sun’s. His restaurants are lively gathering places guided by the mantra, “local first, organic whenever possible, with aloha always.”
- Sheldon Simeon, a Hilo native, owns and operates Tin Roof in Maui, serving island residents and tourists alike with a unique take on classic Hawaiʻi food.
Filipino food movement
Friday, October 13, 2:30–4 p.m., Hamilton 301
Food is central to understanding and practicing one’s ethnicity. Chera Amlag, Bambu and Prometheus Brown will discuss how Filipinos redefine their diets in diaspora as well as the meanings and production of Filipino foods on local and global scales.