Shinichi Maehara Receives Honorary Doctorate

(Left to right) Photo of Chancellor Hinshaw, Mr. Maehara, and former UH Regent Ed Kuba

At the annual Fall Commencement for UH Mānoa on December 17th, 2012, Mr. Shinichi Maehara, retired Executive Director at Okinawa Television Broadcasting (OTV), received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters – the first Okinawan to receive this degree from UH.  The honor took note of his contributions to the understanding of Okinawans around the world through a television series Uchinanchu Worldwide, which he wrote, directed, and produced from 1987 through 2004.  The globe-trotting Dr. Maehara met and interviewed hundreds of relocated Okinawans in South America, Europe, Hawai‘i, and even Africa.  The series speaks to UHM’s vision of maintaining a sense of place while becoming part of the global community.

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“Art and Sustainability:” Lecture by Akihiko Izukura

Photo of Mr. Izukura with his artwork

To open his exhibit at the UHM, renowned textile artist from Kyoto, Akihiko Izukura, will be giving a lecture entitled: “Art and Sustainability.” He will share his philosophy and approach to art based on three guiding principles:

  • “compassion for life” 思いやりの美学
  • “zero-waste” 廃棄物ゼロ
  • “sun and water circulation” 太陽と水の循環

**Exhibits will be in the Commons Gallery (indoor), across from the Art Auditorium, and on McCarthy Mall (outdoor). For those who wish to see the outdoor exhibit, they should plan to arrive at 5:30pm.

Please see this link for the poster for this event.

 

Special Talk by Shinichi Maehara: “Okinawan Spirit and Heart”

Mr. Shinichi Maehara, retired Executive Director at Okinawa Television Broadcasting (OTV) will be giving a talk in conjunction with his receiving an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  He is the first person from Okinawa to be awarded an honorary doctorate degree from UH.  Mr. Maehara has traveled the world extensively, documenting Okinawan lives in various countries, in a documentary series called Sekai Uchinanchu Kikō (Uchinanchu Worldwide).  The series ran from 1987 until 2004 and won a National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan Award in 2002.  Mr. Maehara’s work has contributed greatly to the worldwide Uchinanchu network and to Okinawan studies.

Please see this link for details.

 

CJS Gradaute Seminar on February 11, 2011

The first CJS seminar of the spring semester will be a graduate seminar on Friday, February 11 from 3:00-4:30pm in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319). Alessandra Sabelli (PhD student – anthropology) will give a lecture titled “Aging with Robots in Japan: A Future with Emotional Technology.” The lecture is based on Ms. Sabelli’s fieldwork at an elderly care center that examined human robot interactions. Follow this link to download the lecture flyer with additional information.

Additionally, Dr. Keith Brown (Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh) will attend a film screening of “Can’t Go Native?,” a recent documentary that looks at his more than 50 year relationship with the residents of Mizusawa, Japan. A question and answer session with Dr. Brown will follow the film screening. Follow this link for more information.

Welcome to Spring Semester 2011

Aloha CJS community and welcome back to campus.

CJS is happy to announce a number of events during the coming semester. The CJS seminar series begins on February 11 with a graduate seminar from Alessandra Sabelli (PhD candidate – Anthropology) titled “Aging with Robots in Japan: A Future with Emotional Technology.” The follow week on February 18, Dr. Keith Brown (Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh) will attend a film screening and Q&A session of “Can’t Go Native?,” a documentary looking at his more the fifty years of fieldwork in Mizusawa, Japan. We are also working to schedule additional seminars and will make an announcement when they are finalized.

In addition to the seminars there will be a brown-bag lunch on March 30 with representatives from the German Institute of Japanese Studies (DIJ) in Tokyo.

Finally, Honolulu is hosting the Association for Asian Studies annual meeting from March 31 – April 3, 2011. In conjunction with the meeting, there will be a UHM sponsored reception at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on the evening of March 30.