Modern Perspectives on Ancient East Asian Texts

Professor Moriyo Shimabukuro from the University of the Ryukyus, Japan, giving a lecture on "Omorosōshi" and Old Okinawa

On September 14-15, an international workshop entitled, Modern Perspectives on Ancient East Asian Languages, was held at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus. It brought together four internationally renowned linguists from Canada (Professor Ross King), Germany (Dr. Stefan Georg), Okinawa (Professor Moriyo Shimabukuro), and Turkey (Professor Mehmet Ölmez), in addition to two local participants, Professor Haeree Park and Professor Alexander Vovin.

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2011 Honolulu Okinawan Festival

The Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) again this year ran a booth in the Culture Tent at the 2011 Honolulu Okinawan Festival on September 3rd and 4th.  COS Director Dr. Joyce Chinen, Program Coordinator Ms. Lynette Teruya, and various student and faculty volunteers sat at the table, answering questions about Okinawan Studies at UH, and introducing visitors to recent publications about Okinawa.  UHM English Department Professor Frank Stewart (pictured left) and University of the Ryukyus Professor Katsunori Yamazato (pictured right) drew many visitors to the table on Sunday, when they signed copies of the just-published Living Spirit: Literature and Resurgence in Okinawa (UH Press, 2011), a volume of contemporary Okinawan poems, stories and plays edited by the two scholars.


UH students in Asia-Pacific Youth Science Exchange Forum in Okinawa

Two UH students have been invited to participate, expenses paid, in the Asia-Pacific Youth Science Exchange Forum in Okinawa September 23-26, 2011.  The students are Kekaihala`i Avilez, undergraduate double-major in Hawaiian Language and Molecular Cell Biology, and Sean MacDuff, a graduate student in the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (EECB) program, working on a doctorate degree in coral reef biology and management.  They will join roughly 50 other students and experts from Japan and various Pacific nations to look at problems facing the Pacific in the next 50 years and suggest ways to face these issues.  Another UHM alumnus, Dr. Jack Kittinger, also from the the EECB program and now a post-doctorate fellow at Stanford University, will join the group as a panel member.
The forum, co-sponsored by the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) and the University of the Ryukyus. aims to: (1) Strengthen ties between Okinawa and island communities across the Asia-Pacific; (2) Develop Okinawa as a “center of international exchange in science and technology,” and (3) Foster the development of human capital in Okinawa.

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and Hawaii Governor Abercrombie will be visiting OIST and the University of the Ryukyus next month.



EPIC Internship highlights

UHM students, Mercedes Bazzone (Asian studies undergraduate) and Adam Schuetzler (MA student, Japanese literature), partcipated in the Ehime Prefectural International Center (EPIC) this past summer. The main objective of their program was to foster friendship and understanding between Ehime and Hawai’i. Please see below some pictures from their trip:

Mercedes and Adam giving a presentation at the Suisan (Fishing and Aquaculture) High School in Uwajima.

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Congratulations Shane!

Mr. Shane Shibazaki (Japanese major) was selected as a recipient of the prestigious MEXT(Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) Japanese Studies Scholarship 2011-2012. He will be studying advanced Japanese and other courses for one year at Waseda University in Tokyo.  He was one of four students to receive the scholarship this year. The photo above is of Shane at the award ceremony. Congrats again!