Of Interest to Undergraduates

CJS Seminar: Yoshiko Okuyama

CJS is pleased to announce the next installment in our Fall Seminar Series.  Please join us!  Dr. Okuyama’s book is available on Amazon.  Click HERE for abstract.

Honouliuli Internment Camp: Lessons Will Live On

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (center) dedicated the Honouliuli National Monument on March 31, 2015, in ceremonies at the site and at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. She stressed that broad community support had encouraged President Obama’s February declaration. Dr. Joyce Chinen (right), Director of the UHM Center for Okinawan Studies and Professor of Sociology at UH West Oahu, researched Okinawan internees and POWs at Honouliuli in Social Process in Hawaii, Volume 45, 2014. UH West Oahu provides access to the rural site that will become the new national monument. Congratulations to the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.


Congratulations to 2015 MEXT Scholarship Awardees

On March 30, 2015, Consul General of Japan in Honolulu, Toyoei Shigeeda, awarded 2015 Monbukagakusho Research Student Scholarships to two UHM students.

Daniel Allen will conduct research in Tourism Studies at Hokkaido University from April 2015 to March 2017. Daniel’s research will contribute to his M.A. thesis in Asian Studies at UHM.

Christian Bilgera will conduct research in Electrical Engineering at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology from April 2015 to March 2017. Christian completed his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at UHM and now seeks smarter power grid designs in Japan.

Supporters at the ceremony included Deputy Consul General Maruyama, past MEXT awardee UHM faculty Susan Hirate and Lonny Carlile, and MEXT screening committee members Mary Hammond (Dean, EWC) and Mary McDonald (CJS).

UHM appreciates the Government of Japan’s generous awards of two research scholarships this year. Best wishes to Daniel and Christian.


(left to right) Mary McDonald, Daniel Allen, Consul General Shigeeda, Christian Bilgera, and Mary Hammond

SPAS Grad Conf Seidensticker Award Recipients Named

The 26th annual SPAS Graduate Student Conference, held March 18-20, 2015 in the Center for Korean Studies, attracted promising young scholars from across Asia and the United States.  Among those researching Japan, two of UH’s own stood out for recognition.

2015 Seidensticker Prize for Best Papers on Japan

Kimura First Place Tomoki Kimura
“Historicizing the Hinmin: Social Discourse and Fiction in Turn-of-the-Century Japan”
Yoo Second Place Jennifer Yoo
Theatre & Dance, UHM
“Thy Name is Woman: Performing the Feminine Ghost in Japanese Theatre and Cinema”

The Seidensticker Prize is awarded annually for the best paper on Japan. It began in Spring 2000 to honor Professor Edward Seidensticker, scholar and translator of Japanese literature, who spent his retirement from Columbia in the UH Mānoa Japanese Studies community. Congratulations to this year’s winners!