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UH Manoa Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award

Mentoring Award Winner

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Mari Yoshihara

Associate Professor Mari Yoshihara is recognized for her achievements in providing guidance to her students. She is also the graduate chair of the American Studies department.

Yoshihara is instrumental in her students’ career development process. She helps students practice their presentations for professional meetings and assists them in their job search.

Yoshihara has authored a number of books, including Embracing the East: White Women and American Orientalism, Japan’s best-selling, Amerika no Daigakuin de Seiko suro Hoho (How to Succeed in Graduate School in America) and Gendai Amerika no Kiiwaado (Keywords of Contemporary America).

Her next book, tentatively titled The Race for the Sound: Asians and Asian Americans in Western Classical Music, draws from her experience as a classically trained amateur pianist, and will explore how Asians came to form a presence in the classical music scene.

A colleague says that Yoshihara embodies what most deans would describe as an excellent graduate mentoring program.

Established by the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Graduate Division in 2005, the Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award allows graduate students to nominate faculty for excellent mentoring, one of the foundations of outstanding graduate education.

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Alan Katz