Identity, Self-Determination, And Conflict In The Asia-Pacific Region: Mindanao and Hawai’i

Aloha and Wassalam to students from Ateneo de Zamboanga (ADZU) and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UHM)!

ASAN 491P is a synchronous class between the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and Ateneo de Zamboanga University.

UHM Class of 2010

What do Hawai’i and Mindanao have in common?  How are they different? The course is designed to embrace innovative approaches to student centered learning about Hawai’i and the Philippines.  It developed from a larger effort by six universities in the Asia-Pacific region cooperating with the UHM School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies (SHAPS) to remake area studies by crossing conventional borders and boundaries eleven years ago.

ADZU Class of 2010

Major themes will center on issues to sovereignty/self-determination, minority identities within the nation, and accomodations of settler populations.  For example, Muslim Filipinos in Mindanao and Native Hawaiians in Hawai’i form minorities seeking greater self-determination vis a vis non-indigenous majority populations.  Settler population have decentered traditional concepts of land use and produced divisions that require complex negotiations of identities, rights and relationships.

The peoples of Hawai’i and Zamboanga, as members of multicultural societies with their own Creole language (e.g. Chabakano and Hawaiian Pidgin), create meanings of “localness” within the context of larger global arenas.  The course will explore these and related topics and other related topics with each theme constituting a course module.