Ehime Prefecture Governor Nakamura Visits UHM

Governor Tokihiro Nakamura and 10 leaders of Ehime Prefecture visited UH Manoa on Friday, November 22, 2013.  Every corner of our campus thanked Governor Nakamura for providing summer internships to two UHM students each summer.  Hiapo Cashman and Nahulu Maioho led the Governor through Kanewai Lo‘i. Vice Chancellor Reed Dasenbrock welcomed Governor Nakamura to Hawaii Hall. SPAS Dean Anderson Sutton thanked Governor Nakamura for student internships.  Past Ehime Interns Jaime Guzman, Maia Singhal, Shaun Kindred, Adam Schelzler, and Mathew Manako Tanaka also thanked the governor.


CJS Scholarships/FLAS Applications up on STAR

Attention Students in all Majors and Departments:

Please use the STAR online application system to apply for student scholarships.  In the online system, CJS has two groupings of scholarships: Endowed Scholarships and Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS).  If you are eligible and wish to apply for all scholarships including the FLAS fellowship, please submit two applications using the online system.  Please click here for more information about the FLAS Fellowship.  Additional CJS Scholarship information is available here.

Directions to enter the STAR system:
Go to the website:
Log in with your UH username and password.
Enter “Center for Japanese Studies” in the keyword function search.

Graduate Students, by applying for the “Center for Japanese Studies Scholarship Fund,” you automatically apply for the following five scholarships at once:

  1. Center for Japanese Studies Graduate Fellowships (approx. $15,000)
  2. Hanayo Sasaki Graduate Merit Scholarship (approx. $1000)
  3. Minae and Miki Kajiyama Graduate Scholarship (approx. $4000)
  4. Tasuku Harada Graduate Scholarship in Japanese Studies (approx. $4500)
  5. Takie Sugiyama Lebra Fellowship (approx. $3000)

Undergraduate Students may apply for the Avis Morigawara Scholarship ($1000).

The above fellowships/scholarships are for U.S. and international degree-seeking students conducting Japan-related studies at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa.  The values of the above endowed scholarships/fellowships can vary from the above estimates.  Please direct questions to Dr. Chizuko Allen, Coordinator of Fellowships & Institutional Research; School of Pacific & Asian Studies; Moore 416B; University of Hawai`i at Mānoa; Honolulu, HI 96822; tel. 808-956-2210.

Deadline:  February 3, 2014.

Dr. Robert B. Valliant, 73

Photo taken by John Tichotsky in 2009. Courtesy of the UHM Library’s Russian Collections. Many thanks to Patricia Polansky, Russian Bibliographer.

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Dr. Robert B. Valliant on November 2, 2013 at his home in Barnwell, S.C.  Dr. Valliant was a scholar at UHM, specializing in Northeast Asia, Russian Far East, and Japan (politics, economics, social affairs).  He was born in Pecos, Texas.  After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Army and served as an enlisted man in intelligence in Japan.  Following his military service, he pursued a bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas (1966), a master’s degree at UHM (1968), and then a doctoral degree in History at UHM (1974).  With a Fulbright-Hays Grant, he spent a year in Japan conducting research and writing.  Dr. Valliant served key roles in the former School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies (SHAPS) and the current School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) at UHM.  He started at UHM as a researcher in SHAPS’ Soviet Union in the Pacific Region (SUPAR) Center in 1987, became the Director of the Center for Russia in Asia (CeRA) in 1993, and then from 2003 to 2009 served as the SPAS Director of Student Academic Services.  He conducted research and wrote articles on the Russian Far East; he guided master’s students in SPAS through the graduation process; and, he provided all of us in SPAS with various types of support from answering questions on graduation requirements to computer meltdowns and website snarls.  After retiring from UHM, he moved to South Carolina and settled in Barnwell.  Dr. Valliant is survived by his wife, Mary, stepson Christopher (Lisa) Wisner, and grandson Christopher.  Dr. Bob, as many of us affectionately called him, was our colleague and dear friend.  He charmed us with his sense of humor, warm smile, and hearty laughter.  We will miss him.      

It’s coming November 15th!

WikiSlideshowLogoThe Center for Japanese Studies is pleased to announce Wiki Slideshows on Japan Powered by PechaKucha coming November 15 at 5:30pm in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319). Our Wiki Slideshows will follow the PechaKucha format, which 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. This is a popular event where CJS graduate students and faculty are able to relate their Japan-related research or passion in a relaxed and unintimidating atmosphere.  The community is welcome too.

We have six individuals giving talks this semester: Dr. Robert Huey, Professor of Japanese Literature; Dr. Mark Levin, Professor of Law;  Mr. Tomoki Kimura, MA Student in Japanese Literature; Mr. David Nguyen, PhD Student in Urban and Regional Planning; and Mr. James Utley, MA Student in History.

Click here to view the flyer.