Assistant Professor of American Culture, Asia/Pacific American Studies Program, app’t 2001
B.A. University of Hawaii, 1982
M.A. University of Hawaii, 1984
Graduate Certificate, University of Hawaii, 1984
Ph.D. University of California at Santa Cruz, 1992
Biography: Vicente M. Diaz is Filipino Pohnpeian (Micronesia) from Guam. He joined the A/PIA faculty in Fall 01 after teaching Pacific History and Micronesian Studies at the University of Guam since 1991. He received his undergraduate and masters degrees in Political Science from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and his doctorate degree from the interdisciplinary History of Consciousness program at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1992. As part of his academic work, Diaz is actively involved in traditional Micronesian seafaring practices and in indigenous Pacific video production as modes of cultural and historical critique and expression. Lastly, he is a former jock whose body now restricts him to studying the history of sports in colonial settings rather than playing it.
Research/Teaching Specializations: Pacific Island History, Colonial Discourse and Postcolonial Critique, Native Pacific Cultural Studies, Pacific Film and Video, Sports and Empire, Traditional Seafaring, Indigeneity.
Courses Taught: History of Guam, History of Micronesia, History of the Pacific Islands, Asian/Pacific American History, Traditional Seafaring in the Pacific, Film and Video in the Pacific, U.S. Imperialism, Spanish Colonialism, Approaches and Methods.
Field Research: Pacific Islands History
Repositioning the Missionary: The Effort to Canonize Blessed Diego Luis de Sanvitores and the Politics of Chamorro Cultural Historyin Guam, Mariana Islands. Pacific Monograph Series, University of Hawaii Press
"Imua! (Forward!) Tamuning Eagles" (one hour documentary about a youth football team from Guam founded by men from Hawai'i employed in Guam by the U.S. Military.
Articles and other Productions:
Diaz, Vicente M. 2002. "Pappy's House: History and Memory of an American 'Sixty-Cents' in Guam," in Vestiges of War: Centennial of the Philippine American War Luis Francia and Angel Shaw, eds. New York: New York University Press
Diaz, Vicente M. 2002. "Fight Boys til the Last": Football and the Remasculinization of Identity in Guam? Pacific Diasporas. Paul Spickard, Joanne Rondilla and Deborah Hippolyte Wright, eds. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i.
Diaz, Vicente M. 2002. "Sacred Tensions" in Micronesian Educator. Mangilao: University of Guam
Diaz, Vicente and Kauanui, J. Kehaulani, guest editors. 2001. "Native Pacific Cultural Studies on the Edge" Special Issue of The Contemporary Pacific 13:2
Diaz, Vicente M. 2001. "Deliberating Liberation Day: Memory, Culture and History in Guam" in Perilous Memories: The Asia-Pacific War(s), T. Fujitani, Geoffrey M. White, and Lisa Yoneyama, eds. Durham: Duke University Press,155-180.
Diaz, Vicente M. 2000. "Simply Chamorro: Tales of Survival and Demise in Guam." Voyaging Through the Contemporary Pacific. David Hanlon and Geoffrey M. White, eds. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 141-170.
Diaz, Vicente M. Director/Writer/Co-Producer. 1997. Sacred Vessels: Navigating Tradition and Identity in Micronesia (29 mins video documentary about the survival of traditional seafaring in Polowat, Central Carolines, and its revival in Guam, Marianas
Diaz, Vicente M. 1993. "Pious Sites: Chamorro Cultural History Between Spanish Catholicism and Liberal American Invididualism." in Cultures of United States Imperialism. edited by Amy Kaplan and Donald Pease. Durham: Duke University Press.)
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