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Nitasha Tamar Sharma, PhD
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL 60208-0001)

Multiracial Blacks and Blackness in Hawai'i

Summer research and writing on African American and Ethnic Studies and Cultural Anthropology.

The NEH Summer Stipend would allow me to complete a final chapter and revise the introduction to my second book, Hidden Hapas: Multiracial Blacks and Blackness in Hawai'i (hapa is a Hawaiian word meaning "of mixed blood"), the first full-length interdisciplinary study of contemporary Blacks in Hawai'i. This historical, descriptive, and analytical project will be central to the study of the Black Pacific as it articulates new understandings of belonging and community that emerge when we place theories of race in conversation with theories of indigeneity. Speaking directly to the NEH theme of Bridging Cultures, my research reveals how people of African descent in a "multiracial paradise" attempt to bridge cultures, negotiate obstacles (including racism) to bridging cultures, and develop new communities within a context of difference.

Project fields:
African American Studies; Cultural Anthropology; Ethnic Studies

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Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 8/31/2015