Culture, Technology, and Transnationality in the Cold War Asia and Pacific


























In the 1950s and 1960s, the Asia-Pacific Region witnessed a flourishing of international interchanges and exchanges, involving more than one location and institution and promoting cross-national and cross-regional communications and negotiations.  This symposium will focus on the trans-Pacific exchange of culture, science, and technology as a crucial site of Cold War geopolitical dynamics.

Where: The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Center for Korean Studies Auditorium
When: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Titles & Absracts for Symposium
Symposium Schedule
Getting to and Parking@UH

Pecha Kucha Success

Back Row (from L to R): Ms. Camille Mori, Dr. Patricia Steinhoff, Mr. Mattias van Ommen, Dr. Mire Koikari.
Front Row (from L to R): Mr. Stevie Suan, Dr. Hirohisa Saito, Mr. Daniel Allen.

On Friday, October 26, CJS hosted Pecha Kucha IV.  The event was a resounding success, attracting nearly 50 attendees from around the campus and community.  Throughout the evening, we learned about Japanese Role Playing Games being more than the sum of their parts, were given the key to the future of international relations in East Asia (mutual cosmopolitan commemoration accompanied by a critical reappropriation of the Tokyo Judgement, of course), heard tales of one-way sharing of culture by American home economists in post-war Okinawa, entertained speculations on the sorry state of the Japanese Alpine Olympic Ski team,  saw ways of making Japanese Invisible Civil Society visible by examining their gatherings, connectors and traces, and were enlightened regarding how Pure Land Buddhism was responsible for the revival of Shingon Buddhism in the 12th century.  A big thanks to our esteemed presenters Mattias van Ommen, Dr. Hirohisa Saito, Dr. Mire Koikari, Daniel Allen, Dr. Patricia Steinhoff and Camille Mori, and our masterful master of ceremonies Stevie Suan!

Event Flyer.


Dr. Holthus on Parental Well-being

From left to right: Hiroki Igarashi and Mike Dziesinski (doctoral students in sociology), Prof. Pat Steinhoff (sociology), Dr. Barbara Holthus,
Prof. Mire Koikari (women’s studies), Dr. Robin O’Day (postdoctoral fellow in sociology), Shinji Kojima (doctoral student in sociology).

On Friday, October 5, Dr. Barbara Holthus reported the first findings of a comparative study of parental well-being in Japan. Dr. Holthus, Deputy Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo, holds several degrees, including a Ph.D. in Sociology from UH. Dr. Holthus explained that despite a declining birthrate and changing lifestyles, married couples still represent the dominant form of families in Japan. She offered evidence of the effect of economic tensions on well-being and highlighted the gender gap in the division of household labor. Married men, on the whole, seem more satisfied than women, especially with regard to the division of household labor and childcare. A gender gap persists with regard to household labor in both actual and idealized situations. The rich data set, gathered earlier this year, is only just beginning to be explored. This seminar was co-sponsored by CJS, Sociology, and the UH Center on the Family; audience members from the three units filled the Tokioka Room and shared in the discussion.

It’s coming on October 26

The Center for Japanese Studies is pleased to announce Pecha Kucha IV coming October 26 at 5:30pm in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319). What is Pecha Kucha? It is a presentation style where a short lecture is given alongside 20 Powerpoint slides that are shown for 20 seconds each. The talks are intended to strike a balance between work and play. Pecha Kucha at CJS is a popular event where CJS  graduate students and faculty gather in a relaxed atmosphere.  The community is welcome too.

We have six individuals giving Pecha Kucha talks this semester: Dr. Patricia Steinhoff, Graduate Chair of the Department of Sociology; Dr. Mire Koikari, Professor of Women’s Studies; Dr. Hirohisa Saito, Associate Professor of Sociology; Ms. Camille Mori, MA Student in Religion; Mr. Daniel Allen, MA Student in Asian Studies; Mr. Mattias van Ommen, MA Student in Anthropology.

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