CJS welcomes visitors from Ehime to UHM campus

 

Ehime High School Students visit UHM
Ehime High School Students visit UHM

 

High school students from Ehime Prefecture and administrators from Ehime Prefectural offices recently visited UHM campus. Students were in Honolulu for a short exchange program with local high schools; Ehime administrators visited UHM to discuss the Ehime summer internship program.  Annually, CJS in collaboration with the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) send two UHM students to Ehime Prefectural International Center (EPIC) on internships which provide them opportunities to work in a Japanese government office and serve as cultural ambassadors from Hawaii.  Ever since the Ehime-maru tragedy in 2001, Hawaii and Ehime have developed exchanges and partnerships to foster understanding and friendship.  Thank you to Yu Sasaki, former intern, who gave students a tour, and thank you to EPIC Director Hitoshi Takaoka and EPIC Coordinator Noriko Omori for their support of the internship program.

 

 

 

Now Long Ago: Anachronism in Contemporary and Edo Japanese Literature

We are pleased to announce this Fall’s Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Lecture ‘Now Long Ago: Anachronism in Contemporary and Edo Japanese Literature’ being by scholarship recipient Christopher Smith of the East Asian Languages and Literature department.

The lecture will take place on Friday, October 7th from 3:00 – 4:15 pm in Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room). Please see the embedded flyer in this email or download it here for a full abstract. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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UHM Student Attends Japan-America Student Conference

The 68th annual Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) brought together 72 U.S. and Japanese college students to study, work, live, and travel together as a group.  They visited four U.S. cities–Boston, Washington DC, Missoula, and San Francisco for twenty-three days this past August.

Ms. Lisa Takagi, UHM undergraduate student double majoring in Japanese and Psychology, participated in the 68th annual JASC with a scholarship from the Center for Japanese Studies, UHM.  Read about her experiences below!

For more information on JASC, please see website:  iscdc.org/jasc

Next year, JASC will go to Japan!

 

Lisa Takagi - JASC

 

I was more than fortunate to have attended this conference on a full-funded scholarship from the Center of Japanese Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. If I could come up with one word to describe this experience it would be metamorphic. The delegates of JASC were unified with valuable individuals who shared their exceptional knowledge unearthing their own unique passions and interests with others. My roundtable group, Law, Society and Our Changing Future, discussed controversial topics such as abortion, euthanasia, and death penalty, attained with a concentration on the Right to Life and Justice as our final forum presentation. Not a day goes by without thinking about each moment I’ve spent this journey with them. My roundtable members came into the door as strangers, who turned into lifelong friends who I’m confident enough to say that will be guests to my future wedding (although not anytime soon!). My JASC experience was a compass, refining my directions towards US-Japan culture, my identity, and a deeper vision of the world ahead.

EPIC Interns Arrive in Matsuyama

2016 EPIC Interns Yu and Jay arrive in Matsuyama
2016 EPIC Interns Yu Sasaki and Jake Yasumori arrive in Matsuyama

Last night Yu Sasaki and Jake Tasumori, this year’s Ehime Prefetural International Center (EPIC) Interns, arrived in Matsuyama where they will spend two and a half months representing UHM as cultural ambassadors. They will spend the summer working at the Ehime Prefectural International Center, giving presentations on Hawaiian culture and language and visiting schools. The internship program was one of several Hawaii-Ehime programs started to foster friendship and good will after the Ehime-maru tragedy in 2001.

 

Announcement: Asian Studies Program and Western Regional Graduate Program

WICHE – WRGP

The Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE)’s Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

 

As of fall 2016, the Asian Studies Program at UH Mānoa is a member of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). This program allows master’s, graduate certificate, and doctoral students who are legal residents of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) member states to pay Hawai’i resident tuition when attending the UH-Mānoa Asian Studies Program. The WICHE states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

 

WICHE WRGP applicants applying to UH-Mānoa must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher or possess certain exceptional abilities as affirmed by the UHM graduate program to which they apply.

 

To be considered for the Hawai’i resident tuition rate through the WRGP program, you must identify yourself as WICHE WRGP applicant at the time you apply.* You must fulfill all the usual requirements for admission as set by the Asian Studies Program and the the Office of Graduate Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and meet all admission deadlines. You must also provide documentation as proof of your legal residency in a WICHE state when requested by UH-Mānoa. (This documentation may include tax returns, voter certificates, active bank accounts, proofs of employment, proof of property ownership, lease agreements, among others).

 

For more information, please see:

 

UH-Mānoa Office of Graduate Education information on WICHE WRGP: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/wiche-program

 

WICHE WRGP website:

http://www.wiche.edu/info/publications/wrgpHandout.pdf

 

*Please note: due to the requirements of residency determination, nominations and approvals for WRGP status can only be done at the time of application. It is not possible to “switch” into the WRGP once you have started your graduate program at UHM.