Lecture | "Lover, Father, Killer" by Dr. Keith Camacho

"Lover, Father, Killer: The Auckland District Court and its Condemnation of Samoan Men, 1950-1990" presented by Dr. Keith Camacho, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA.

What makes a "Samoan man" in New Zealand and the United States? If we turn to the historiographies on militarism and sport, we can begin to assess the various links between martial acts of state warfare, on the one hand, and martial-like acts of state competition, on the other. In this respect, we can gauge the making of acceptable and valorized masculinities in and between New Zealand and the United States.  But how do we account for the marginalization and criminalization of non-normative masculinities in these countries? In this talk, I will focus on the Auckland District Court in New Zealand and offer preliminary observations about its condemnation of Samoan men from 1950 to 1990.  

BIO: Professor Keith Camacho is an Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA. Professor Camacho received his interdisciplinary training in anthropology, literature, and history at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  He has also held research appointments in indigenous studies at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  As an historian of Chamorros and other Pacific Islanders, he has published widely on empire, gender, militarism, race, and sovereignty in the Mariana Islands, Oceania, and the broader Asia-Pacific region.  His new research agenda extends these issues to the sphere of U.S. colonial law and to its imperial regimes of freedom, punishment, and surveillance in the Pacific.

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Blaisdell House Room 7, 143 E. Tenth St.