Former Honolulu Community College lecturer Daniel Eisen will return to the school on Thursday, Feb. 13 to talk about Filipino identity.
Eisen will speak on “The Distorted Looking Glass: Struggles with the Racialized Self and a Filipi(NO) Identity” at 1:30 p.m. in the Lous Room, Bldg 2, Room 201.
Eisen started his work on the subject of Filipino ethnic identity while earning his PhD in sociology at UH-Manoa. Now an assistant professor of sociology at Pacific University in Oregon, he continues his research while extending his examination towards the role of education and role models during the process of molding a Filipino ethnic identity.
“The talk is specifically about Filipino identity development, and should be of special interest to our student body at Honolulu Community College and our surrounding neighbors given our large Filipino community in Kalihi and in Hawaiʻi generally,” said Fumiko Takasugi, assistant professor of sociology at HonCC>
In addition to racial identity construction, Eisen also studies the racial tensions and politics that occur in diverse cultural contexts, focusing on small college campuses similar to Honolulu Community College.