UH PhD graduate returns to speak about Filipi(NO) Identity

The Distorted Looking Glass presented by Dr. Daniel Eisen

Honolulu Community College
Billie K T Lueder, (808) 845-9187
Communications & External Affairs, Chancellor's Office
Posted: Feb 5, 2014

Dr. Daniel Eisen presents  Filipi(NO) Identify.
Dr. Daniel Eisen presents Filipi(NO) Identify.

(Honolulu) - Honolulu Community College is proud to welcome back Dr. Daniel Eisen, PhD to his former stomping grounds. Eisen will be sharing his presentation “The Distorted Looking Glass: Struggles with the Racialized Self and a Filipi(NO) Identity.”

When: Thursday, February 13, 2014

1:30–3:00 p.m.

Where: Honolulu Community College

Norman W.H. Loui Conference Center (Building 2, Room 201)

A University of Hawaiʻi graduate and former Honolulu CC lecturer, Eisen started his work on the subject of Filipino ethnic identity while earning his PhD in sociology at the University of Hawaiʻi. To this day, 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,” says Dr. Fumiko Takasugi, assistant professor of sociology at Honolulu Community College.

Eisen is currently an assistant professor of sociology and assistant dean of strategic initiatives at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Before moving to the mainland, Eisen taught at Honolulu Community College in the sociology department.

In addition to racial identity construction, Eisen also studies the racial tensions and spatial politics that occur in diverse cultural contexts, specifically focusing on small college campuses similar to Honolulu Community College.

As a result of his research, he is implementing changes to Pacific University’s first year program by creating a more tailored and personalized experience for students.