Inouye Fellows, Recipients to Use Late Senator’s Archives for Research

The end of the United States Sen. Daniel K. Inouye

The University of Hawaii at Mānoa College of Social Sciences (CSS) honors the legacy of the late United States Sen. Daniel K. Unheard (DKI) through research grants for faculty and graduate students who recognize his indelible mark on the state and work to shape the United States into a more tolerant and inclusive society.

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uh Hilo Assistant Professor and 2020 DKI colleague Leanne Day

Leanne P. Dayassistant professor of English at uh Hilo and a researcher affiliated with CSS Department of Ethnic Studies, was the first DKI academic researcher in 2020. Day’s research project was titled “Gestures of Apology, Reparations, and Comparative Racial Formations in Senator Daniel K. Inouye Congress Papers.

“My research focused on the still unresolved issue of 2,300 Japanese from Latin America who were forcibly deported and incarcerated in American detention centers under suspicion of being Japanese spies, and Filipino veterans who served during the World War. II and did not receive full veterans benefits,” Day said. “My most exciting research results have been the fascinating declassified intelligence documents of the World War II which articulated the strategic moves to forcibly remove Japanese from Latin America, and how the senator called these documents an “extraordinary effort by the US government” to relocate, intern and deport them.

The 2022 DKI comrade is Colin Moorepresident of the uh Mānoa School of Communication and Information.

Applications now accepted

To commemorate the advancement of democracy, public policy and good government, faculty and uh Mānoa graduate students can apply for grants of $5,000 through the CSS DKI Scholarship program and DKI Archival Research Graduate Fellowship. The application deadline for both is November 30, 2022.

Selected scholars and graduate students will research the archives using DKI collections held at uh Manoa Library Hawaii Congress Papers Collection: Daniel K. Inouye papers; and uh West Oʻahuit is ʻUluʻulu: The Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive Hawaii. Selected fellows are faculty researchers who will be in residence at uh Mānoa, like Day.

“We are proud that the college is home to the Daniel K. Inouye Initiative, which is the hub for programs such as the Congressional Archives Internship, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, and special events,” said CSS Dean Denise Eby Konan. “The initiative is a living tribute to the man whose leadership in public service, democratic ideals and global consciousness remain relevant and impactful years after his passing. We are especially grateful for our partnership with the Daniel K. Inouye Institute, which makes it possible.

The Daniel K. The Inouye Institute was created in 2013 to preserve Inouye’s papers and tell the story of his life. Support STEM education, civic learning and international educational and cultural exchanges; and establish a repository of the Asia-America/Pacific experience.

“Senator Inouye was a proud graduate of the University of Hawaii in Mānoa,” said Jennifer Sabasdirector of Daniel K. Inouye Institute. “We are so happy that uh students and faculty will be able to access its archives for original research and to be inspired in public service.

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