CJS Seminar: “Voice, Silence, and Self,” by Dr. Christopher Bondy

BondyTalkFlyerTuesday, March 8
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Moore 319 (Tokioka Room)

The Burakumin. Stigmatized in Japanese history as an outcaste group, their identity is still “risky,” their social presence mostly silent, and their experience marginalized in public discourse.

Based on his recent monograph, Christopher Bondy, Associate Professor of Sociology and Coordinator for Japan Studies, International Christian University, Tokyo, will present the results of a longitudinal study exploring the experience of burakumin youth from two different communities and with different social movement organizations.

Voice, Silence, and Self (2015) by Professor Bondy is available now from Harvard University Press.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology

SPAS Macaulay Distinguished Lecture

It was CJS’s turn this year to invite the annual Florence Liu Macaulay Distinguished Lecturer and the center had the pleasure of inviting Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Australian Laureate Fellow and Professor of Japanese History at Australian National University. In addition to her Feburary 10 Macaulay lecture presentation in the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium entitled “Peace in the Valley: A Century of Japanese Social Alternatives and their Inter-Asia Connections,” Professor Morris-Suzuki spent an entire week in residence at UHM doing various activities on campus including discussions with CJS faculty and graduate students and participation in a panel on historical memory and reconciliation (see below).

In her lecture Dr. Morris-Suzuki masterfully examined the formation and the national and international dissemination of an alternative grassroots social activist tradition originating in the Chikuma River Valley of Nagano Prefecture that was inspired by the English poet William Blake and initially propagated by the well-known prewar Japanese literary group known as the Shirakabaha or White Birch Society. In doing so, Professor Morris-Suzuki challenged us to reconsider our understanding of activism, the “political,” and the ways in which social thought is transmitted across time and space.



Historical Memory and Reconciliation in Northeast Asia Panel

On Friday, February 12, before an audience of around 100 in the Art Auditorium, three distinguished guest historians and two Mānoa faculty members tackled the topical subject of historical memory issues that currently bedevil relations among Japan, China, and the two Koreas. Members of the panel were: Bruce Cumings, renowned Korea historian and Swift Distinguished Service Professor of history at the University of Chicago; Tessa Morris-Suzuki, renowned Australian National University historian of Japan and East Asia; Paula Harrell of Georgetown University who has a long record of work in the area of Sino-Japanese relations; UHM’s Manfred Henningsen, a political theorist whose current focus is on memory and regimes of terror; and UHM Korea sociologist Hagen Koo who served as moderator.

The panelists engaged in a wide-ranging, multifaceted, and deeply enlightening discussion that covered not only such Northeast Asia-related issues of memory and reconciliation as the “comfort women,” forced labor, the Nanjing Massacre, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Korean War, repression in North Korea, and the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution in China, but also mobilized comparative cases from such places as Germany, Kenya, and South Africa.  Click HERE to view the event flyer.

EA Panel
L to R: Moderator Hagen Koo & Panelists Bruce Cumings, Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Paula Harrell, and Manfred Henningsen

Inaugural Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Lecture

On Friday, February 5 in the Tokioka Room UHM Anthropology doctoral candidate Michelle Daigle inaugurated a new CJS seminar series that highlights the accomplishments of CJS’s Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship (CPAS) recipients. Michelle was a 2011-2013 CPAS recipient and during that time conducted extensive fieldwork in Minamata, Kyushu. Her talk, entitled Manifesting Disaster, or “My Minamata disease isn’t over yet” was based on this fieldwork and highlighted the lingering impact of mass mercury poisoning (the Minamata disease) on the community as it reaches the 60th anniversary of the disease’s discovery.

Michelle was introduced by another former CPAS recipient, Dr. Christine Yano of the UHM Anthropology department who also serves on the scholarship fund’s governing board. The scholarship is administered through the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) and in attendance were JASH President Lenny Yajima and Vice President Marsha Yokomichi, along with CPAS Foundation Trustee Allen Uyeda.

For more details on the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship, visit their website HERE.  Click HERE to view the event flyer.

Daigle Talk

In Memoriam: Emeritus Japanese History Professor H. Paul Varley


It is with great sadness that we report the passing of a beloved colleague.

H. Paul Varley, a towering figure in the field of premodern Japanese history and Sen Sōshitsu XV Distinguished Chair of Traditional Japanese Culture and History at UH Mānoa from its inauguration in 1994 until his retirement in 2004, passed away on December 15, 2015.

Paul was born on February 8, 1931, in Paterson, New Jersey. A US Army Veteran of the Korean War, Paul went on to receive a BS Degree from Lehigh University in 1952, an MA from Columbia University in 1961, and a PhD in History from Columbia University in 1964 and came to UHM for his first teaching position (1964-1965). Paul then taught in the Department of East Asian Languages and Culture at Columbia University from 1965 to 1993.  During that time he established himself as this country’s foremost authority on medieval Japanese cultural history and compiled a distinguished body of publications.

Fortunately for UHM his retirement from Columbia as Professor Emeritus of Japanese History in 1994 did not mean the end of his career. Dr. Varley returned to UHM as the Sen Soshitsu XV Chair in 1994 and over the next 10 years taught courses such as Japanese Civilization (HIST 321/322), History of the Way of Tea (HIST 323), History of the Samurai (HIST 324), and Seminars in Japanese History (HIST 665B/C).

Over the course of his illustrious career, Paul published numerous books and articles, including such pioneering books as The Ōnin War (1967), Imperial Restoration in Medieval Japan (1971), Samurai (with Ivan and Nobuko Morris, 1974), Tea in Japan (with Kamakura Isao, 1989) and Warriors of Japan (1994). His Japanese Culture, first published by UH Press in 1974 and now in its fourth edition, remains a best-selling text. An active member of the Association for Asian Studies, the Japan Society, and the Konnichi Kai of Hawaii, Paul served on the boards of directors of the Urasenke Tea Foundation, New York, and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. In 1996 he received The Order of the Rising Star, Gold Rays with Rosette, from the Government of Japan in recognition for his contributions to the field of Japanese Studies

During his last years, Paul resided in New Jersey. He is survived by his wife, Betty Jane (Geiskopf) Varley, his daughter Sharyn Hennen, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.