Kanani Miyamoto MFA Print Media Capstone 2016

The Tales of Ojisan

Carrie Ann Kanani Miyamoto, is my full name, I am of mixed ethnic background from Hawai`i. My mother is white from Ohio, she says she’s German Irish. My father is brown from Hawai`i, he says he’s Hawaiian Japanese. The Hawaiian islands are quite diverse. According to the US census Hawai`i has the largest population of racial minorities in the nation. Hawai`i is known for her Aloha spirt and hospitality. However, those of us who have lived there know that racial tensions and prejudices are high. In Hawai`i there are many racial entitlement programs, and many of them regulated by blood quantum. Although many of us from the islands are mixed we still try to find a specific place in this subjective state.

For many years I held a resentment for my family name, Miyamoto. This piece of my family history had been kept in a closet with no one really knowing or remembering the whole story. I have never meet any of my Japanese family members and I eventually came to terms with this history just hanging in the closet. However, who we are can be dictated partly through genealogy, and history. The tales of Ojiisan, is a look into my personal history. Through my work and education as a printmaker I have been led into research and discovery. This work has revealed my family history. The tales of Ojiisan is my quest to understand my entire identity by discovering and uncovering the past and pulling it out of the closet.

Through this project I have now come to realize and understand that ethnicity plays a small roll when it comes to identity today. Identity is an ongoing process which is never complete. Identity is a knowledge of self that is informed by all cultural narratives, including current media, historical, political, visual, and fictional input.

Forrest Grenfell BFA Communication Design Thesis Spring 2016

Colin Laurel BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2016

Kanani Miyamoto MFA Print Media Capstone 2016

Lynsey Nelson MFA Print Media Capstone 2016

Brandi Kruse MFA Print Media Capstone 2016

Eva Landis BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2016

Karylynn Keppol BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2016

Anna Colasanti BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2016

Mareika Glenn BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2016

Malcolm Bridwell BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2016

Morgan Viger BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2016

Marlowe Dobbe BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2016

Robert Dunsmuir BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2016

Kelsey Holland-Rayle BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2016

Amy Meyer BFA Communication Design Thesis Spring 2016

Ryan Miller BFA Communication Design Thesis Spring 2016

Nancy Guzman BFA Animated ArtsThesis Spring 2016

Hannah Lewis-Lopes BFA Photography Thesis Spring 2016

Ryan Krueger BFA Photography Thesis Spring 2016

Maddie Maschger BFA Photography Thesis Spring 2016

Alexandra Hulsey Photography BFA Thesis Spring 2016

Matthew Gaston BFA Photography Thesis Spring 2016

Eric Brookens BFA Painting + Drawing Thesis Spring 2016

Katherine Kawano BFA Painting + Drawing Thesis Spring 2016

Joseph Mcgehee BFA Painting + Drawing Thesis Spring 2016

Hannah Ames BFA Sculpture Thesis Spring 2016

Hannah Hertrich BFA General Fine Arts Thesis Spring 2016

Evan Humphreys BFA General Fine Arts Thesis Spring 2016

Arianna Gazca BFA Animated Arts Thesis Spring 2016

Xela Goldstein BFA Communication Design Thesis Spring 2016

Sammie Cetta BFA Printmaking Thesis Spring 2016

Jemmi Cole BFA Painting + Drawing Thesis Spring 2016

Mckenzie Green BFA Printmaking Thesis Spring 2016

Dillon Silva BFA Sculpture Thesis Spring 2016

Kai Jaye BFA General Fine Arts Thesis Spring 2016

Molly Steadman BFA Printmaking Thesis Spring 2016

Kathryn Mcanalley BFA Animated Arts Thesis Spring 2016

Hazel Miller BFA General Fine Arts Thesis Spring 2016