In my work, I use a cultural studies approach to unmap the multiply layered narratives through which land in Hawai‘i is represented. I examine the settler colonial implications of these mappings as well as the ways that Kanaka ‘Ōiwi oral maps and contemporary anticolonial mapping projects make visible the fragile fictions of the settler state. I attend to the problematic assumptions of mapmaking as well as imaginative ways of charting political transformation. In examining the geographical, literary and thematic maps that show us how the land is wrapped in relations of power, I foreground the materiality of land and the people it sustains, both often obscured on maps. My writing and research engage synchronic sets of practices: those that challenge the operations of the U.S. settler state and Asian settler colonialism, and those that enact a future beyond the settler state. Praxis is a critical part of my research, and I am actively involved in land struggles against urban and industrial development of Kanaka ‘Ōiwi sacred and storied places in Lualualei Valley, Waiāhole, Kalihi and Mauna Kea, as well as in other places where people live their vision of an independent and sustainable Hawai‘i. I have recently co-edited with Jonathan Okamura Asian Settler Colonialism: From Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawai‘i (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2008). In this collection of essays, Native Hawaiian and settler contributors examine Asian settler colonialism as a constellation of the colonial ideologies and practices of Asian Americans as settlers who currently support the broader structure of the U.S. settler state. Premised on a critical distinction between Hawaiians, who have a genealogical connection to land in Hawai‘i, and non-Hawaiians, who are settlers whose genealogical ties lie elsewhere, the contributors examine Asian settler colonialism in essays ranging from analyses of Japanese, Korean, and Filipino settlement to accounts of Asian settler practices in the legislature, the prison industrial complex, and the U.S. military to critiques of Asian settlers’ representations of Hawai‘i in literature and the visual arts. I am currently working on my book manuscript, Mapping Abundance: Indigenous and Critical Settler Cartographies in Hawaiʻi, which articulates a practice of anticolonial mapping as one that provides evidence of the ways that the settler state never completely captures the occupied territory, making possible the enactment of a future beyond the settler state.
To access publications, go to:https://hawaii.academia.edu/CandaceFujikane
- Candace Fujikane and Jonathan Okamura, eds. Asian Settler Colonialism: From Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawai‘i. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2008.
- Candace Fujikane and Jonathan Okamura, eds. Whose Vision? Asian Settler Colonialism in Hawai‘i. Spec. issue of Amerasia Journal 26:2 (2000).
Articles and Book Chapters:
- "Against the Yellowwashing of Israel: The BDS Movement and Liberatory Solidarities Across Settler States." Flashpoints for Asian American Studies, edited by Cathy Schlund-Vials. Fordham University Press, 2017.
- "Mapping Wonder in the Māui Moʻolelo on the Moʻoāina: Growing Aloha ʻĀina Through Indigenous and Settler Affinity Activism." Rooted in Wonder: Tales of Indigenous Activism and Community Organizing. Eds. Aiko Yamashiro and Bryan Kuwada. A special issue of Marvels and Tales: Journal of Fairy Tale Studies 30:1 (June 2016): 45-69.
- "Restoring Independence and Abundance on the Kulāiwi and ʻĀina Momona." Pacific Currents. Eds. Paul Lyons and Ty Kāwika Tengan. A special issue of the American Quarterly 67:3 (September 2015): 969-985.
- “Asian American Critique and Moana Nui 2011: Securing a Future Beyond Empires, Militarized Capitalism and APEC.” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 13:2 (June 2012): 189-210.
- “A Story of Displacement,” (online), KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, June 2011, http://kahea.org/blog/a-story-of-dispacement.
- “Introduction: Asian Settler Colonialism in the U.S. Colony of Hawai‘i.” Eds. Candace Fujikane and Jonathan Okamura, eds. Asian Settler Colonialism: From Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawai‘i. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2008.
- “Foregrounding Native Nationalisms: A Critique of Antinationalist Sentiment in Asian American Studies.” Asian American Studies After Critical Mass. Ed. Kent Ono. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2004.
- “Il colonialismo stanziale degli asiatici alle Hawai‘i e il ruolo dei nazionalismi anticoloniali nativi negli Asian American Studies.” Trans. of “Asian Settler Colonialism in Hawai‘i: Foregrounding Anticolonial Native Nationalisms in Asian American Studies.” Trans. by Incoronata Inserra and Donatella Izzo. Hawai‘i al di là del mito. Eds. Incoronata Inserra and Donatella Izzo. A special issue of Ácoma 29-30 (Spring-Fall 2004), 121-133.
- “Introduction: Asian Settler Colonialism in Hawai‘i.” Whose Vision? Asian Settler Colonialism in Hawai‘i. Eds. Candace Fujikane and Jonathan Okamura. Spec. issue of Amerasia Journal 26:2 (2000): xv-xxii.
- “Sweeping Racism under the Rug of ‘Censorship’: The Controversy over Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Blu’s Hanging.” Whose Vision? Asian Settler Colonialism in Hawai‘i. Eds. Candace Fujikane and Jonathan Okamura. Spec. issue of Amerasia Journal 26:2 (2000): 158-194. Reprinted in The Japanese American Contemporary Experience in Hawai‘i. Ed. Jonathan Okamura. Spec. issue of Social Process in Hawai‘i 41 (2002). Reprinted in Major Problems in Asian American History. Eds. Lon Kurashige and Alice Yang Murray. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co, 2003.
- “Reimagining Development and the Local in Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre.” Women in Hawai‘i: Sites, Identities, and Voices.” Eds. Joyce N. Chinen, Kathleen O. Kane and Ida M. Yoshinaga. Spec. issue of Social Process in Hawai‘i 38 (1997): 1-177. Reprinted in American Poets and Politics. Spec. issue of Anglistica 2:1 (1998): 125-155.
- “Asian American Literature.” Co-written with David L. Eng. The Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage: A Reader's Companion to the Writers and Their Works, from Antiquity to the Present. Ed. Claude Summers. New York: Holt, 1995.
Works in progress
- Mapping Abundance: Indigenous and Critical Settler Cartography in Hawai'i. Book manuscript in progress.
- “Mapping Abundance on Mauna a Wākea as a Practice of Ea.” Hūlili: Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Well-Being. Forthcoming.
- “Huakaʻi Kakoʻo No Waiʻanae Environmental Justice Bus Tour.” Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawaiʻi. Eds. Hokulani Aikau and Vernadette Gonzalez. Under review at Duke University Press.
Areas of InterestHawai‘i literature and critical theory, Asian settler colonialism in Hawai‘i, anticolonial cartography in Hawai‘i, Asian American literature and critical theory, Asian American literary cartography.
- Chancellor's Citation for Meritorious Teaching, 2004
EducationBA, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 1990 PhD, UC Berkeley, 1996
Spring Semester 2018
- ENG-100A: Composition I
- ENG-320: Intro to English Studies
Fall Semester 2017
- ENG-320: Introduction to English Studies
- ENG-370: Literatures of Hawai’i
Spring Semester 2017
- ENG-320: Intro to English Studies
- ENG-372: Asian American Literature
Fall Semester 2016
- ENG-370: Literatures of Hawai’i
- ENG-625E: Theories in Cultural Studies
Spring Semester 2016
- ENG-491: Senior Honors Seminar: Transformations in Asian American Literatures
- ENG-772: Seminar in Literatures of Hawai‘i: Transformative Relationality